Roger Aylmer Allen

Male 1912 - 2002


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  • Born  16 Apr 1912  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  24 Feb 2002  Greenville, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Lewinsville Presbyterina Cemetery, McLean, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2511  Virts
    Last Modified  16 Jul 2017 

    Father  Aylmer Jay Allen,   b. 24 Nov 1873, Lagrange, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1961, Chariton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mabel Werts,   b. 7 Jun 1875, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1973, Des Moines, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Oct 1901  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1258  Group Sheet

    Family  Margueritte Elizabeth Aaugustine,   b. 21 Jun 1911, Canton, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1995, Greenville, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Jun 1934  Orono, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
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    Last Modified  16 Jul 2017 
    Family ID  F1289  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Greenville News, February 26, 2002

      Roger Aylmer Allen died in Greenville, S.C., early Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002, at the age of 89. Born April 16, 1912, near Russell, Iowa, he was the son of Aylmer and Mabel (Werts) Allen. His wife of 61 years, Margueritte (Augustine), preceded him in death in August 1995. He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Langston, of Pawleys Island, S.C.; a son, Frederick Roger Allen, of Raleigh, N.C.; brothers, Hubert of Elyria, Ohio, and Phillip of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Greenville. Graveside services will be Thursday at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, Va., near where the family had lived for 45 years. With an M.S. degree in physics from the University of Maine and additional postgraduate work, and teaching at Pennsylvania State College and MIT, Mr. Allen was a research meteorologist at the headquarters of the U.S. Weather Bureau, mostly in Washington, D.C., for 34 years. He provided weather studies and reports to the Pentagon during World War II, including overseeing the preparation and publication of several decades of historical weather data for the Northern Hemisphere. He published in professional journals and books many of his own scientific studies of long- and short-range weather forecasting technology. He advised weather forecasters nationwide on improved prediction methods. He was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for his work on statistical weather prediction and in promoting probability forecasting. He was an active member of the American Meteorological Society and had been chairman of the D.C. Chapter. Roger was always active in the education of his children, including the PTA and committees, and in the Presbyterian Church, where he directed and sang in choirs, and was an ordained elder. In the 1950s, he began a hobby of tape-recording classical music and built a reputation in the Washington area for very high quality recordings of choral, organ and orchestral music, including performances at Kennedy Center and Washington National Cathedral. After retirement in 1970, he and Margueritte operated their own recording business and for several years exclusively recorded concerts of the Washington Bach Consort, including a concert tour of Europe. They moved in 1985 to Swansgate in Greenville, joining Westminster Presbyterian Church, for which he designed and installed the church's sound system. They also provided support for SSSH, a group for the hard-of-hearing, for which they received national recognition. Wednesday, the family will receive friends in the Church Lounge after the service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta Road, Greenville, SC 29605. - The Mackey Mortuary, Century Drive.