Allen Thomas Bonnell

Allen Thomas Bonnell, 101, of Newtown Square, Pa., died on July 20, 2013.

A lifelong academician and educator, he was the founding President of Community College of Philadelphia. He had previously been a Vice President at Drexel Institute. He was born in Colon, Panama, where his father, a native of Erie, Pa., was a heavy equipment operator working on the Panama Canal. He was reared in Erie. He earned a BA in Economics in 1933 from Oberlin College; an MS from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1935; and his doctorate in 1938 from the University of Illinois. He was Professor of Economics at St. Louis University from 1938 until the outbreak of World War II, when he joined the U.S. Department of State as a senior economist assigned to the rebuilding of the European economies.

Dr. Bonnell was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Haworth Bonnell, an author of books for young adults; and by his son, Daniel Churchill Bonnell.

He is survived by his daughter, Annette Maiocco of Swarthmore, Pa.; his sons, Thomas Bonnell of Montvale, N.J., and David Bonnell of Flagstaff, Arizona; and their families.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Sept. 15, 2013