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Doctor of Dental Surgery
BARTOW - Dr. Ethan Clement Allen, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Captain, U.S. Navy, retired, passed away January 12, 2012, of heart failure.
He was born on November 16, 1926 in Bradley, FL, the son of Ethan Commander Allen and Addie Marie Walker Allen. He was a graduate of Summerlin Institute, Bartow, FL, attended Vanderbilt University and Emory University where he received his D.D.S. degree. He completed the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland and the residency program of the Chelsea Naval Hospital and Harvard University. His Naval service included two aircraft carriers, the U.S.S Roosevelt and the U.S.S. Wasp, and Naval hospitals in Nap-les, Italy; Bethesda, Maryland; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Key West, Florida; Yokosuka, Japan; and Camp Pendleton, California. He retired from the Navy in 1973 and moved to Jacksonville where he served as Chairman of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at University Hospital (now Shands). In 1974, he joined the Oral Surgery Practice of Hehn, Traver and Williams where he practiced for twenty-one years. He is a member of the American Society of Oral Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Allen was a loving husband, brother, uncle and friend. His religious principles guided his life and he was a devoted member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, where he served as Ruling Elder, Deacon, Choir member and member of several committees.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah; his sister, Mary Frances Sullivan of Lakeland; his brother, Kenneth Allen of Bartow and several nieces and nephews and their families. Two sisters, Marie Sloan and Frieda Hutton of Lakeland predeceased him.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 17, 2012 from 6 to 8 PM at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street in Bartow, FL. Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to the Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 or to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Condolences to the family at
Whidden-McLean Funeral Home - Bartow
650 E. Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830
Published in Ledger on Jan. 17, 2012