Frederick Allan

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Frederick Aley Allan BALTIMORE, MD - Frederick Aley Allan, former clerk to Justice Stanley Reed and general counsel to the U.S. Special Representative in Paris during the post-war Marshall Plan, died on October 27 in Baltimore, Maryland, of complications from a stroke. Born July 10, 1921, in Summerville, South Carolina, son of Charleston City Attorney James Allan III, and raised in Charleston and Montclair, New Jersey, Allan graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1939, Yale College in 1944, and Yale Law School in 1945. Following law school, he served as law clerk to Judge Learned Hand, then chief judge of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. At the recommendation of Judge Hand, Justice Reed tapped him to be his law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1946. After leaving the court, Allan continued to serve in the federal government as a lawyer with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Washington, D.C. He became an executive officer in the U.S. Foreign Service Reserve and subsequently general counsel to the U.S. Office of the Special Representative to Europe in Paris. This office represented the interests of the U.S. government prior to the establishment of NATO and the OECD and administered the Marshall Plan and other regional programs of the United States in Europe in the years following the Second World War. In 1957, Allan became general counsel of the Atomic Industrial Forum, a private association dedicated to exploiting atomic energy for peaceful purposes. In 1960, he joined Mobil Europe, subsequently serving as general counsel of its European operations. In this capacity, he represented Mobil in negotiating the construction and financing of the Transalpine Pipeline Company involving 14 oil companies and a large group of European investment banks led by N.M. Rothschild & Sons. As a result of this work, he was invited to join the Rothschild banking group in 1968. At Rothschild, Allan was named senior vice president and principal of its American investment banking arm, New Court Securities Corporation, and helped found one of the first institutionally backed venture capital funds in the U.S. After ten years he left Rothschild to form his own energy- and technology-focused venture capital firm, Allan Capital Corporation, until retiring in 1985 to oversee the care of his invalid wife and second son, Frederick, both of whom died in 1992. He served on numerous corporate boards, including Mobil Finance, Ltd., New Court Private Equity Fund, Inc., Fusion Energy Corp., Minority Enterprise Capital Corporation, United Nuclear Corporation, Inc., and Gulf Resources and Chemical Company. In 1998, Allan married Jill Dundon Larrimore and moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he resided until his death. In addition to his wife, Allan is survived by children Deidra Allan Lyngard, Robb Aley Allan, and Deborah Allan King; grandchildren Matthew Lyngard and Alexis Lyngard; and great granddaughter Katya Huzau. He is predeceased by his son, Frederick Aley Allan, Jr. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Visit our guestbook at