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ALLEN LAVELL VICTOR ALLEN On Saturday, April 27, 2013, our Lord, Jesus Christ, called home our husband, our father, our grandfather, our great-grandfather, and our friend, Lavell Victor Allen. Lavell was born on August 2, 1936 in Baltimore, Maryland to Anthony Allen, II and Evelyn Allen. He was the second of four children: Anthony Allen, III, Elvear Johnson and Evelyn "Evie" Allen. Growing up in the tight-knit and racially self-sufficient neighborhoods of Baltimore City during the 1940s and 1950s, Lavell was called "Duke" by those closest to him. Webster's Dictionary defines a duke as a "nobleman of the highest rank" and anyone who has ever had the privilege of meeting Lavell would agree that he had a nobility of character and fortitude of mind few could claim. And although life took him to foreign continents and far-away places, Lavell was by all accounts a homeboy, never ever far from his Baltimore roots. The son of a horse trainer and a hairdresser, both of whom owned their businesses, Lavell learned early that education lead to prosper- ity. He attended PS 128 elementary school Booker T. Washington Junior High and Frederick Douglass Highschool where he graduated in June, 1954 with an ambition to "matriculate at Howard University College of Engineering." As expected, Lavell graduated in 1958 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University where he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Lavell used his degree as access to the world and a key to a rocket ship into space. Lavell moved his young family to Vandenburg, Air Force Base in California where he launched rockets into space. Next, it was oversees to Scandinavia, France and Italy where he engineered products for North American Phillips and Norelco. Lavell brought his talents back stateside where he worked for General Electric, Ford Aerospace, General Railway, Loral Systems and, finally, as one of the earliest engineers at the then-fledgling Mantech. After retirement, Lavell's focus returned to Baltimore where he enjoyed an annual meeting of childhood friends including William "Baby" Jordan, Anthony "Bud" Allen, III, "Uncle" Arthur Lanier, Sammy Robinson, Tommy John and Harold Collins and, fittingly, the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Rejoice! He and Ann are reunited. Lavell is survived by his five children, Rhonda Lynn Allen, M.D., Lavell Victor Allen, II, Carryl Ann Allen, Cynthia Allen-Williams, D.M.D. and Darryl Vann Allen, and sibling, Anthony Allen, III. Also surviving are numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, one great-grandchild and a host of friends. Lavell touched many lives and he will be greatly missed. Funeral service will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10 am at Saint Augustine Catholic Church 15th and V Streets, N.W. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

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Published in The Washington Post on May 2, 2013