Philip Wymer Allen

Male 1918 - 2015


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  • Born  3 Aug 1918  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  27 Jun 2015  Pleasant Hill, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2512  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  Carol Jean Luers,   b. 28 May 1921, West Chester, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 May 1946 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Last Modified  16 Jul 2017 
    Family ID  F1290  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Legacy.com

      Philip Wymer Allen, age 96, a long-time resident of Las Vegas, passed away June 27, 2015, in Pleasant Hill, Calif. He was born Aug. 3, 1918, at a farm near Russell, Iowa, the son of Alymer and Mabel Werts Allen. He graduated in 1940 from Parsons College, undertaking graduate studies in physics at Iowa State College and in meteorology at University of Chicago and UCLA. During World War II, he served as a major in the U.S. Army Air Corps, both teaching meteorology to officers and service in Italy. In May 1946, he married Jean Luers Ford in Des Moines, Iowa, and they moved to a new home in Queens Village, New York City. He forecasted weather at LaGuardia Airport for transatlantic aviation for three years then transferred to Washington, D.C., where he supervised atmospheric research for the detection of foreign nuclear explosions, detecting the first USSR nuclear test in August 1949. He became supervising meteorologist at the National Meteorological Center in Washington, D.C. for three years before being assigned to the Nevada Test Site. As head of the Weather and Fallout Prediction Unit from 1956 to 1972, he provided weather and fallout predictions for nuclear tests in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Mississippi, and Alaska. In 1972, he transferred to St. Louis, where he organized and directed the Environmental Protection Agency's Regional Air Pollution Study until 1974. Philip worked as a meteorological consultant for the next 10 years, lecturing at various tertiary institutions and for government agencies. Philip was an elder in the Presbyterian church and, with his wife, Jean, served for several years on the boards and as skipper of the Presbyterian Mariners, a couples' social organization of their church. He volunteered for the Clark County Health District Hospice and at the newly established National Atomic Testing Museum. In his later years, he researched and wrote extensively about family history. His autobiography is on file at the UNLV Oral History Department and in the Clark County Library. His wife, of 67 years, preceded him in death June 12, 2013. Following her death, Philip moved to Pleasant Hill to be nearer to his son. The last of 70 older first cousins and four siblings, Philip is survived by his son, Douglas of Orinda, Calif.; daughter, Deborah Eagles of Adelaide, South Australia; five grandchildren, Corinne, Peter, Ruth, Elizabeth and Miriam; and nine great grandchildren. Inurnment of ashes will be conducted privately at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City.