George J. Allen
1944 - 2021
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George J. Allen, of Mansfield CT, died on January 4, 2021 after battling pancreatic cancer for a year and a half. He spent his youth on Long Island then attended the College of the Holy Cross (B.S), Boston College (M.A.) and the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana (Ph.D. in clinical psychology). He was privileged to have taught for 40 years at the University of Connecticut where he served as Director of the Clinical Training program from 1984 to 2003. He published over 100 books and articles and received multiple research awards, including three from the Divisions of Consulting Psychology and Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association. His community service was recognized by receipt of Distinguished Career Service Awards from the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology, the Connecticut Psychological Association, and Windham Youth Organization. He was most proud of his teaching, having served as major advisor for almost 100 doctoral students and having influenced positively hundreds of additional graduate and undergraduate students and younger colleagues. His passion for and prowess at teaching was recognized through multiple regional and national teaching awards from the University of Connecticut Alumni Association, the Connecticut Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students. Throughout his life, he engaged zealously in physical activities; lacrosse, swimming, biking, and marathon running. He was especially blessed to have spent a vast majority of his life with Lynne, his wife of 54 years, to have witnessed the growth of his children Michael (and spouse Beth) and Leslie (and spouse Sam) into compassionate, empathetic, and socially productive adults, and to have enjoyed a long and joyously playful second childhood with his four grandchildren, Jacob, Maya, James, and Joey. His family thanks the staff at the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, especially PT Sharon and OT Lynne, Hartford Health Homecare, especially PT Kathy and OT Jennifer, and Home Instead, especially caregivers Michelle, Lauren and Kiarra. Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in George's name to one of three educational institutions: Institutional Advancement, Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL 33161 Office of Advancement, College of the Holy Cross. One College Street, Worcester, MA 01610-2395 PSC Fund, University of Connecticut Foundation, PO Box 842614, Boston MA 02284-2614. For an online memorial guestbook please visit

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jan. 6, 2021.
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February 15, 2021
George was an outstanding psychologist who made enormous contributions to the field and his important work of relieving human suffering will live on through his students. He was a great classmate at BC and a good friend for all of our lives.
David H Barlow
January 21, 2021
George will be dearly missed. I am so grateful for his teaching and mentorship that instilled in me a curiosity about the world, an aim to understand without spin the world's challenges and triumphs, and a passion to help people make our world a better place. I carry the lessons he taught me each day as I try to pass forward the impact he had on my life for my students. Thank you George.
Mike Metzger
January 12, 2021
Such a great man with a big heart and a warm smile. My condolences to his family.
Melissa (Brown) Hopkins
January 12, 2021
George was a kind and caring person who was instrumental in my success at UCONN. He was tireless in his efforts to support his students and remained approachable and humble despite his multiple accomplishments. My sincere condolences to his family.
Karin Figueroa
January 11, 2021
George was an incredible mentor whose wisdom has stayed with me through the years and continues to guide me both in my work and in my day-to-day life. He was generous with his time and his warmth in addition to his wisdom and I am thankful that he shared his gifts with me --it was an honor to be his student. I offer my condolences to his family and to all of those who mourn him.
Samantha Bender
January 11, 2021
George was a wonderful friend, mentor, and colleague. He was kind, caring, and loving. I love and miss him greatly, and I send my love to Lynne and the rest of his family.
Irving Kirsch
January 8, 2021
George was a wonderful teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. His life touched mine as it did so many: his legacy is both lasting and far-reaching. He would love that this condolence page links to evidence-based information about grieving and loss, and I personally appreciate that one of the suggested donations in his name is to the PSC fund - he was always a great supporter to both research and practice. I will miss him, and my thoughts are with Lynne and all of his family.
Sarah Hodgson
January 7, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of George's passing. He was truly a special person, who made a huge difference in the lives of many people, and he will be missed.

George was my major advisor when I was pursuing my PhD at UConn, from 1982 - 1987. His supportive advising was instrumental in getting through the process. He helped every step of the way with getting my masters and doctoral projects done.

But even more than that, George was a friend and just a really nice person. We had fun together. I especially recall that we used to run together. Much of the supervision of my research design, implementation, and analysis was completed while we went on lunchtime runs!

Subsequently, it was always a pleasure to run into George at a CPA meeting, and to receive his newsy annual holiday reports.

I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from George. He made a big difference in my life. My sympathies to his "families" - both to his immediate family, and to all of us whose lives he touched.
J. Dennis Johnston
January 7, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about George’s passing. He was by far my most important influence and mentor. He was a perfect blend of supportive, uplifting, encouraging , rigorous and tough. He was not afraid to show his own vulnerabilities which enhanced the delicate teaching of psychotherapy in which he was so engaged. He lives on in the work of so many of his students.
Mia Vieyra
January 6, 2021
A wonderful man. Superb scholar and teacher. A good soul. A privilege to have known him.
My condolences to his lovely family.
Tony Romeo
January 6, 2021
I'm so sad to learn of George's passing. He was the chair of UConn's clinical psychology PhD program during my years in the Department of Psychology (2000-2004), and having just completed my training and begun my career I so valued his kind, welcoming spirit, his humility and humanity, and his support of and pride in his colleagues and students. He maintained a safe and nurturing environment and advocated for those whom he represented, in both the larger Department and overall University contexts. It was a privilege to know and be mentored by him, and I extend my condolences to all who mourn his passing.
Brett Steinberg
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