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Allan Dial

Dial, Allan A. Retired DISD elementary school principal and teacher, passed away on August 20, 2013. A life well lived! Born on April 1, 1928, in Peerless, Texas, Allan moved to Dallas as a child and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1946. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from SMU in 1950, just weeks before the Korean War began. Allan joined the United States Army, was selected to attend Officer Candidate School to become a field artillery officer, and served through the end of the Korean War working on the earliest missile system. When he was honorably discharged from the Army, Allan went back to SMU for his Masters degree in Education, and began his career teaching history in the Carrollton ISD. On August 8, 1954, he married Patsy Jane Wolf, and they celebrated almost 53 years of marriage until her death in 2007. After their marriage, Allan moved to DISD as a math teacher at Alex Sanger and then Bayles Elementary School, where he was known as an engaging and motivating teacher who kept his students' attention - by whirling around from the chalk board and hurling an eraser if necessary (his former students say he never missed). In 1971, Allan became a principal, where he served at James Hogg and James Bowie Elementary Schools in Oak Cliff until he retired in 1984. He was a strong believer in discipline in the classroom. Those students that misbehaved usually met his "Board of Education." After retirement, his passion for education did not stop, so he tutored children after school at his church, Casa Linda United Methodist Church. Allan cherished time with his family, and attended countless kid's and grandkid's sporting events, recitals and theatrical performances. He also loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing with family and friends. From Meredith to Romo, Allan was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. In his later years, he enjoyed his annual reunions with his Officer Candidate School buddies - "The Dog Battery" as they called themselves - and what stories they could tell! Now, there is one fewer. Allan is survived by three children: Sheryl E., Steve (Kris) and Karl (Kay), and five grandchildren: Mitchell, Maddie, Matt, Claire and Blake. Visitation will be at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Restland on Thursday, August 22, 2013 and a memorial service will be held at Restland Memorial Chapel on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Allan's name to Casa Linda United Methodist Church (1800 Barnes Bridge Rd., Dallas TX 75228), the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (http://www.pdf.org), or a .

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2013
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