Dr. J. Frances Allen(1916-2011)

Dr. J. Frances Allen of Front Royal, and formerly of Roxbury, NY, died Friday, February 11, 2011 at her home at The Southerlands.

She was born April 14, 1916 in Arkville, NY, the daughter of J. W. Allen and Mattie Jo Linkous Allen. After attending schools in Owego, NY, until her senior year, she graduated from Roxbury Central School, Roxbury, NY in 1934. Dr. Allen received a B.S. degree in 1938 from the State Teachers College, Radford, VA, now Radford University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Zoology in 1948 and 1952 from the University of Maryland. The summer of 1937 she attended the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons Island, MD, and the summer of 1938, the Mountain Lake Biological Station of the University of Virginia, on a DuPont Scholarship. Before graduate school she taught secondary school science in Virginia, West Virginia and New York State, and was Assistant Professor of Science at Radford College summers of 1942, 1944 and 1945. She was Biological Examiner for the New York State Department of Education in summer of 1946.

While teaching in Virginia, Dr. Allen was one of the founders of the Virginia Junior Academy of Science and became the first secretary of the Virginia Junior Academy of Science Committee.

She was a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland 1947-48, and instructor 1948-1952, and then became Assistant Professor of Zoology and member of the graduate faculty of the University of Maryland, where she taught, among other courses, Fisheries Biology and Management, Shellfisheries, Animal Ecology, and Marine Zoology, often taking her graduate students for research on the Chesapeake Bay.

In 1948 she joined the Systematic Biology Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington, DC. In 1967 she left her position as Associate Program Director to become Chief of the Water Quality Requirements Branch, Office of Research and Development, Federal Water Pollution Control Administration, later named the Federal Water Quality Administration, and, subsequently the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At the time of her retirement in 1982 she was Staff Scientist-Ecology for the Science Advisory Board, Office of the Administrator, EPA.

Dr. Allen was the United States Representative to the OECD World Conference on Water Quality in Paris, France, in 1973. In 1974 she attended the first International Congress on Ecology at The Hague, in the Netherlands. Among the awards she received were the Sustained Superior Performance Award from the National Science Foundation and a Bronze Medal from the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to her other scientific organizations, Dr. Allen was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences, Co-Sponsor Emerita of the Institute of Malacology, and the former trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Sport Fishery Research Foundation, and was one of the first Certified Fisheries Scientists.

She was elected to several national honor societies: Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Gamma Mu, Chi Beta Phi, Sigma Xi and Sigma Delta Epsilon.

In 1987 she was honored by the American Fisheries Society by the establishment and endowment of the J. Frances Allen Scholarship. This scholarship for $2500 is awarded annually to a female doctoral candidate whose emphasis is in the field of fisheries science. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage women to become fisheries professionals.

For nine years Dr. Allen was editor of the AFS retiree's newsletter, Homopiscis rusticus.

She is survived by her devoted sister, Lochie Jo Allen, of Front Royal, VA.

At her request there will be no services. Her cremated remains will be interred next to her mother in Sunset View Cemetery in Christiansburg.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Roxbury Ambulance Fund, Roxbury, NY 12474.

Arrangements were made by Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home, Front Royal, VA.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2011