William Burrows Allen ’38 died on April 20, 2009, in Greenville, Rhode Island.
He was born on February 5, 1915, in Cranston, Rhode Island and graduated from Cranston East High School. He attended Bowdoin from 1934 to 1935 and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, before he transferred to Rhode Island State College, where he graduated in 1939 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. In 1941 he received a master’s degree in geology from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for more than 30 years, retiring in 1972. He served in the Army’s 30th Engineers Topograph Battalion during World War II. An avid tennis player, he began playing at the age of 10 and continued beyond his 80th birthday. He is survived by two sons, William D. Allen and David B. Allen; two daughters, Phebe A. Jacobs and Jane M. Bishop; seven grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Agnes (Drover) Allen.