Allen Klippel

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Klippel, MD., Allen Pummill died Wednesday March 30 surrounded by his family. Allen is survived by his wife, Joy, who cared for him selflessly during his later years. He is preceded in death by his former wife, Mary Martin Klippel. He was the father of Mary Katherine (Bob Gaffney) Klippel, Allen (Kim) Klippel, Jr., Karen (Tom) Terry, John (Linda) Martin and the late Mary Catherine Martin, and was step-father to Stephanie (Maja Castillo) Ruyle, Christy (Forrest) Healy and Charlie (Amy) Ruyle. He was the grandfather of 17. Allen was born in St. Louis on June 4, 1923. He attended John Burroughs School, Amherst College and St. Louis University Medical School. During World War II, Allen served in the US Navy aboard the USS Gilmore. He was a pioneer in the field of Emergency Medicine. An Associate Professor at Washington University, he wrote The Manual of Emergency Outpatient Techniques. He was President of the St. Louis County Medical Society and a charter member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He held five patents including a silver compound for the treatment of burns and a spine board used in automobile accidents. Allen appeared before the U.S. Congress to testify in favor of mandatory installation of seatbelts in cars. He was the Director of Emergency Medical Services for the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County and was a member of the National Disaster Medical Assistance Team. In 2002 the Allen P. Klippel Lecture Series in Emergency Medicine at Washington University was established in his honor. Allen was a gourmet cook and enjoyed music, ballroom dancing and the study of religion. Services: A memorial service will be held at a future date. If desired, contributions can be made to: The Barnes- Jewish Foundation - Allen Klippel Emergency Medicine Honorary Lecture Fund c/o Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation, 1001 Highlands Plaza Dr. West Suite #140, St. Louis, Mo 63110

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Apr. 3, 2011
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