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Lynn ALLEN Lynn Allen - Committed Teacher, Facilitator of Change A gifted teacher, political activist, and environmentalist, Lynn Allen, 62, died of ovarian cancer February 24th in the loving embrace of family and friends. She was the daughter of John Wesley Allen (deceased) and Georgia R. Slack Allen.She is survived by her mother, sisters Nancy Turnberg and Lisa Allen (Randy), beloved nieces Nadia Foster and Charity Hollingsworth (Josh), nephews Matt Turnberg (Connie), Paul Turnberg, and Tim Turnberg; and extended family. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Mark Allen. Lynn earned a B.A. in history from the University of Washington after which she taught briefly at Seattle's Alternative School #1. She then worked for more than25 years for various consultancies and institutions, focusing on teaching effective teamwork.She also founded TAOS through which she helped managers of small progressive organizations develop leadership skills. Recently Lynn worked on the Gregoire campaign as a blogger; and blogged for Evergreen Politics and her consultancy Rebuilding Democracy. She joined the Institute for Washington's Future where she worked on sustainable agriculture and renewable energy projects and the development of a statewide rural economic development policy, focused on inclusion of Latinos and other underserved populations. She served on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Progressive Institute and was a founding board member of the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund. Throughout her life, Lynn taught what she believed - that each of us is integral to the bettering of the human condition. She is lovingly remembered as a visionary leader and compassionate and inspirational teacher. A celebration of Lynn's life will be held April 9th at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8235 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Donations in her memory can be made to Cancer Lifeline, Seattle, or to the Stanley Dunham Scholarship Fund, 7683 SE 27th St., #102, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 21, 2011.
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March 15, 2020
She was such a joyful and alive person. Sadly missed.
Alice Cox Sheth
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April 6, 2011
She was one of my favorite adults . All my memories of adventure growing up come from her. She always made me feel so special and alive. I always felt open to be myself with her. She made me explore parts of my personality i would have never thought of tapping into without her. She always encouraged my curiosity as a child. I admired her free spirit deeply. If it were not for her I would not be as diverse as i am today. I'm so blessed to have known her. So blessed she took me under her wing from age 5 and nurtured my gifts. Now im 23 about to turn 24, and she still is that part of me that makes me smile and remember to have fun and enjoy the simple things.
Stephanie Warren-Kigenyi
April 5, 2011
I'll always remember Lynn skipping along as she showed me the beauties of Washington when I first came to U.W. from L.A., sharing her family with me on Mercer Island, and the adventures we had in the India Association. It was on her grandfather's martin guitar that I first learned to play a guitar. Such clear eyes and thoughts will be surely missed. Lynn loved you family members so much!
Alice Cox Sheth
April 4, 2011
Oh damn. Lynn was saintlike. If there was only one parachute left, I would have given her mine.
Richard May
April 3, 2011
Very sorry to hear this news. Tragic irony that ovarian cancer is also what cost the life of Stanley Ann Dunham, in whose memory Lynn helped establish a scholarship at Mercer Island High School.
Bob & Debby Pattin
March 21, 2011
Lynn made politics a noble endeavor. We shall all miss her wisdom and calm reflection.
Carol Friends
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