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Obituary: Kenneth Richard Allen, Ph.D.

Dec. 11, 1939 - May 20, 2013

Genoa resident, Ken Allen lost his battle with lung cancer on Monday, May 20, 2013 at Carson Tahoe Hospital. Dr. Allen was born December 11, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank Johns Allen, Jr. and Florence Luna Meech Allen. He spent the majority of his formative years in Atlanta, GA.

Graduating from Chamblee High School in 1957, Ken went on to study physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he obtained his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Physics in 1961, his Master of Sciences in Physics in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 1967.

As a Research Scientist, Dr. Allen had more than 40 years of experience in private industry, academic, and government environments. He was experienced at interfacing with experimental and measurement projects, with demonstrated expertise in mathematical modeling and simulation in areas of acoustics, signal processing, hydrodynamics, radar propagation, navigation, electromagnetics, geophysics, optics, biomedical physics, statistics, oceanography, Kalman filtering, communications, remote sensing and optimal estimation. He was the author of more than 140 published and reviewed papers in these areas.

Retired from Boeing in 2011, Ken also spent a number of years working at the Applied Physics Laboratory at John Hopkins University in Laurel, MD; Dynamics Technology in Torrance, CA; and Naval Coastal Systems in Panama City, FL. He most enjoyed his teaching career at both Georgia Tech and University of Florida, where he directed graduate and post-doctoral students at Johns Hopkins University where he taught Physics in the Whiting School of Engineering. At Johns Hopkins he received the Outstanding Research Award for his published article in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

Ken enjoyed fishing and hunting, and with his wife, Jo, skiing, camping and four wheeling with their quad, “Maxie”. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Jo Anne Walker Tappan Allen; his daughter, Pamela Jackson of Alpharetta, GA; son-in-law, Dale Jackson; his grandchildren, Andrew R. Allen, Juliette Moehring Johnson; grandson-in-law, Brandon Johnson; granddaughter, Caroline Johnson. Ken was much loved by Jo’s children, Tony Tappan; daughter-in-law, Laura Tappan; granddaughters, Allison Tappan, Sarah Tappan and Tess Tappan; and by her daughter, Tami Tappan Damiano; son-in-law, Chris Damiano, and grandson, Dante Damiano.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni Assoc. or a charity of your choice in his name.


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