Yellow Jackets Mourn Passing of Buddy Allen

Yellow Jackets Mourn Passing of Buddy Allen

ASHLAND, Va. - The Randolph-Macon athletic department was saddened to learn of the passing of Buddy Allen '62 on Monday, May 29.

A native of Richmond, Va., Allen graduated at the top of his class from John Marshall High School in 1958. He attended Randolph-Macon and was a standout both on the playing field and in the classroom. Allen was a quarterback on the football team, guard on the basketball team and a pitcher and shortstop on the baseball team. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated from R-MC in 1962.

In 1965, Allen earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and he worked more than 50 years in the legal field.

Allen continued to support R-MC athletics following graduation. He was inducted into the Randolph-Macon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. Allen and his wife, Ann, established an Athletic Endowment as well as an Academic Endowment, which funds scholarships for Richmond area students, known as the Allen Scholars.

"Buddy Allen has been impacting and enriching the lives and experiences of Randolph-Macon College students for six decades," said Jeff Burns, R-MC Director of Athletics. "Our athletic department has been forever changed due to his leadership, vision and generosity."

In 2015, the Allens received a lifetime achievement award for philanthropy.

"Buddy and Ann Allen's generosity and vision for R-MC Athletics have been transformational for our programs and the College," said Mark Hipes, R-MC Director of Development for Athletics.

Allen is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann Southall Allen, as well as three children and eight grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, June 5, at 4 p.m. in Crenshaw Gymnasium on the campus of Randolph-Macon College. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Yellow Jacket Club, Randolph-Macon College, Office of College Advancement, PO Box 5005, Ashland, Va. 23005 or online at www.rmc.edu/givenow .

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