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Robert W. "Bob" Allen
Robert W. Allen, age 74, of Dover, died Saturday, May 8, 2021, at his home in Bullfrog Valley.
He was born September 25, 1946, in Maracaibo, Venezuela, to John O. and Gladis (Lundeen) Allen. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Charles Allen, and his sons, Kerry Allen and Kane Allen.
He is survived by the love of his life, Susan Walker Allen, to whom he was married for 35 years, his son Kipley Allen and granddaughter Nella Anna Allen, both of Colorado Springs, Colorado, his brother, John R. Allen (Darlene) of Norman, Oklahoma, and many other close friends and family members, especially his many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
He dedicated his life to science education and improving the environment. He was a professor of organic chemistry for 35 years, 32 of them at Arkansas Tech University, until his retirement in 2012, He was a professor emeritus, and was voted the Outstanding Professor of the Year by the students of ATU in 2000-2001.
He was an active member of the Pope County Democratic Party, and served on the State Board of the Arkansas Canoe Club and on the Executive Board of the Arkansas Sierra Club.
Visitation will be at Russellville Family Funeral from 4:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 19, A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held on Thursday, May 20, at 4:00 at the home of Dr. Dale and Pam Barton, 545 Bayou Ridge Road, Dover, Arkansas. A reception will follow.
In lieu of plants or flowers, a memorial gift may be made to the ATU Foundation at ATU for a scholarship in Bob's memory.
The online obituary and guest book are available at www.russellvillefamilyfunderal.com.
Bob was such a delightful man. We shared a canoe a few years back as we participated in an algae survey on the Buffalo River, and he also took part in several protest floats as part of the campaign to highlight the threat posed to the Buffalo by an industrial scale hog growing facility. He was a laid back and gentle fellow but totally dedicated to doing the right thing. The Ozark River Stewards join me in sending deeply felt condolences that he has left this world, and out very best wishes to Susan and his extended family. He could sure rock that wizard hat! Farewell friend.
Lin Wellford May 14 2021 12:00 AM
Bob Allen was a hero. Firmly grounded in good science, he was quick to translate scientific fact into both public policy advocacy and personal principles. He was one of the first in Arkansas to demonstrate how solar power and other sustainable power sources can provide the greater part of our electricity needs, rather than reliance on polluting coal. Now the energy companies are coming to realize he was right. He (with his partner) was the best of hosts, making his beautiful home available to his friends in the Sierra Club for some of our statewide gatherings. He was courageous -- impervious to criticism from people who lacked his depth of understanding. His passing is a tragedy, but his life is an inspiration. -- Rob Leflar, from Taiwan
Rob Leflar May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Susan, My deepest condolences. I hope all of the tributes to and memories of Bob help sustain you through this difficult time. I am so sorry.
Beth Lowrey May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Susan and Family. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you thru this difficult time. Hugs.
Trisha Ball May 12 2021 12:00 AM
Susan, So sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Prayers for you and family members at the difficult time...
Johnny Story May 11 2021 12:00 AM