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Allen Lloyd Klibanoff

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Allen Lloyd Klibanoff Obituary
Klibanoff, Allen Lloyd
Allen Lloyd Klibanoff, 83, of Sarasota, Fla. and Old Lyme, Conn., died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at home surrounded by love.

Born in Providence, R.I., son of the late Harold F. Klibanoff and the late Marie (Zarchen) Klibanoff, and preceded in death by beloved wife of 31 years Patricia (Ludwig) Klibanoff, he was a doctor of optometry at Drs. Klibanoff and Vito on North Main Street until his retirement in 2004.

He is survived by his cherished partner of 20 years Marcia Howarth of Old Lyme, Conn., son Peter Klibanoff (Raquel) of Wilmette, Ill., daughter Kathryn Klibanoff (Jeremy Pierotti) of Minneapolis, Minn., and brother Elton Klibanoff (Susan) of Delray Beach, Fla. He was greatly loved by grandchildren Aidan, Harper, Eliana and Simone, and also Marcia's children and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a loving husband and partner, a wonderful and supportive father and proud grandfather.

Allen graduated in just three years from Providence's Hope High School in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956. At MIT, he participated in Army ROTC and played competitive bridge and was a founding member of the MIT chapter of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. He served six months active duty in the US Army and nine years in the Army Reserves Chemical Corps, receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain in 1965.

He married Pat in 1961 while working in Cambridge, Mass. as a chemical engineer. Later, they moved back to R.I. to start new careers and a family. Allen earned a doctor of optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in 1967 and joined his father in private practice.

Allen served in leadership roles in the PTA at his children's schools and was an active member of The Friday Group, a community of Jewish families. Throughout his life, he collected antique eyeglasses and loved playing chess, bridge, tennis and attending the theater, symphony and opera. In retirement, with the encouragement of Marcia, he took up kayaking, golfing, biking, birding and other outdoor activities. He was politically active and an avid reader and crossword puzzler.

A memorial gathering and interment will be held on Friday, September 7 at 3 p.m. at Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Boulevard in Providence. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the Patricia L. Klibanoff Fellowship Endowment at Washburn Center for Children (washburn.org) or to .
Published in The Providence Journal on Sept. 6, 2018
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