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John Douglas Allen

John Douglas Allen

1931 ~ 2012

Dr. John D. Allen died peacefully in his sleep of kidney failure, December 7th 2012. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 21st, 1931 to Joe W. and Mary Spies Allen. He attended the University of Utah for 2 years before being admitted to Harvard Medical school. He interned and completed residence and fellowships at Harborview and the UW Hospital. He entered practice at Virginia Mason Medical Center in 1961 and practiced there for 34 years. He served as Chief of Medicine and Vice Chairman of the Medical Center. He spent 2 years on active duty in the US Air Force where he learned to fly. He was a founding member of Wings Aloft Flying Club at Boeing Field. He was very active in medical organizations serving as President of the Washington as well as President of the national . He was a governor of the American College of Physicians and received presidential citation for his work on the board of the National Citizens for Clean Air Coalition. He spent a number of years as the Chairman of the accreditation committee of the American Society for Group Practice. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sherry Hudson Allen, his daughter, Elizabeth Sherpa, 2 granddaughters, Nancy Sherpa, Seattle and Jenny Sherpa, New York City. At his request no funeral services will be held. Those wishing to may contribute to the Virginia Mason Foundation or a .

Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 16, 2012
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