Paul Malcolm ALLEN

A resident of Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa, California, passed away May 2, 2013. When Tom Brokaw wrote his book The Greatest Generation, it was men such as Paul Allen that were the inspiration. He was the epitome of the men of that time, a man with an unceasingly positive attitude, a quiet humility, an inner strength, and the belief that best way to serve oneself was to put others before you. Paul Allen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1924. At Lincoln High School, he was a star athlete in both track and field and football, winning many races in the high hurdles and a state championship as an end on the Lincoln High School football team. He continued to play football at DePauw University until, with the onset of World War II, he entered the navy as an Ensign and served as a deck officer on aircraft carriers in both the European and Pacific theaters. After the war, he returned to the University of Nebraska and graduated with a degree in education. He accepted a position at a high school in Grand Island, Nebraska, where he filled a variety of roles as an English teacher, coach, counselor, and assistant principal. After being recalled to the service for the Korean Conflict, he continued his education at the University of Nebraska and got a Masters and PhD in Secondary Education, beginning a long and successful career in teacher training and university instruction, much of it at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he and his wife Chris Allen and children Pam, Gary, and Kristi established their home. While at the U of A, he was an Associate Dean of the College of Education and a full professor in the Secondary Education Department, inspiring and mentoring many young teachers as they were just starting their careers. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and chaired numerous accreditation committees for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Among his many awards were a Kellogg Foundation Fellowship for post doctoral study in administration at the University of Oregon, a Creative Teaching Award from the University of Arizona, and an Outstanding Educator Award from the Arizona Association of Classroom Teachers. He published several books, but perhaps the most revealing of his character was his work on teacher self appraisal. It was Paul's belief that if teachers used the then new technology of video to tape themselves while teaching and later analyzed their performance using a series of questions and checklists, they would use their intrinsic self motivation to improve the quality of their teaching. He believed that meaningful change could only come from within, and that external observation and evaluation of instruction was often more intimidating and destructive than productive. Much of this theory was based on his association with the psychologist George Young. Paul believed that we all have a choice in our lives-to act or to react, and that we achieve peace and self knowledge when we act on our own values and beliefs as opposed to reacting to those of others. Along with this core belief was his saying that one had the choice to "turn grim to whim," another example of his positive nature. Paul and Chris moved to Sonoma County in 1996 to be closer to their children and many grandchildren, and, even in his later years, Paul continued to educate, working as an ombudsman at Chancellor Place in Windsor, where, in his words, he "developed a program utilizing the wisdom and experience of the aging." For the last five years, Paul and Chris have been living at Spring Lake Village. He leaves behind his wife of over fifty years, Chris Allen, son Gary Allen of Santa Rosa, daughter Pam Rosell of Windsor, daughter Kristi Tronoff of Davis, as well as nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The Allen family would like to thank the staff at the Spring Lake Village Skilled Nursing Facility for their care and support of Paul in the last few months of his life. A memorial service will be held for Paul Allen on Saturday, May 25, at 2:00 p.m. at Windsor Community Methodist Church, 9451 Brooks Road, Windsor, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Council on Aging or the .

Published Online in the Press Democrat from May 7 to May 9, 2013