Excelling in one field is hard enough, but excelling in several is even harder. Allen was always the kind of person who challenged himself to be the best at whatever he was doing, and that commitment to excellence was obvious from his Blair days. He was a member of many organizations and earned numerous honors through his participation in the National Honor Society, the Chemistry Club, the Chess Club, Mu Alpha Theta. He also found time to play for Blair’s tennis team.

He continued his dedication to life-long learning with degrees from Yale (History), Harvard (Applied Math), Duke (PhD Immunology/Microbiology), and Florida (MD). Allen has been successful in every endeavor he has undertaken: sports (tennis, sailing, chess), science, medicine, teaching, and mentoring. Perhaps his most important accomplishments have been through his work in pediatrics
and oncology. He has dedicated his adult life to collaborating with his peers, mentoring younger physicians, and working for the improvement of children’s lives. He has been honored for his work as part of the Children’s Oncology Group for helping alleviate the effects of pediatric Hodgkin’s disease.