Richard Hoopes Allen ’54 died on January 23, 2008, in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Born on May 16, 1932, in Wilmington, Del., he prepared for college at the Friends School in Wilmington and became a member of Delta Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He entered the University of Chicago Law School from which he received his J.D. degree in 1959 as a member of the Order of the Coif. He began his legal career in 1959 with the Wilmington firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht, and Tunnell, and, in 1963, he joined Atlas Chemical Industries, Inc., as a corporate attorney in Wilmington. From 1966 to 1976, he was assistant general counsel with Rockwell International Corporation in Pittsburgh, Penn. In 1976, he became general counsel for Incom International and was promoted to president and chief executive officer in 1985. He served in that position until his retirement. He served on numerous boards, including the Wilmington Friends School,The Chapel Country Day School, and Boys Home of Delaware. He was active in the Delaware Center for Horticulture and the Sanibel- Captiva Conservation Foundation. He was a member of the Duquesne Club, the American, Pennsylvania, and Delaware Bar Associations, and Wilmington Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Sally (Eller) Allen, whom he had married in 1962. He is survived by a son, Christopher E. Allen ’86 of Tacoma, Wash., and a granddaughter.