|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1930|
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 2007|
"My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."
Son of Richard Allin and Dora Harper Allin; brother of the Rt. Rev. John M. Allin, 23rd Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. [Richard and John's graves are beside each other.] Earned Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of the South in 1952. He entered the Naval Officer Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island and received a commission as an ensign. He served for almost two years at the Office of Naval intelligence in the Pentagon. His next assignment was aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Des Moines, as a Communications watch officer. Upon discharge, he worked for the Commercial Appeal in Helena as a roving reporter for 3 years. In 1960 he was assigned to cover the political beat at the Little Rock Bureau. He joined the Arkansas Gazette in 1963, and began writing the "Our Town" column in 1965, which he continued for nearly 30 years. He was a humorist as well as a social critic. He said of his column, "I sort of had the feeling when I was writing the column that I was writing it like writing a letter to some friend that I knew. I wrote it as simply as possible, and I liked to try to achieve a light touch... I realized early in the column production that you don't have to write about earth-moving subjects every day. You can write about things that are common to everybody. Most of the columns in my life, I've never known what the subject is going to be until I've sat down for them. And then I just sat, and thought, and a subject would come to mind that I could pursue. It could be anything. I mean, I wrote a lot about parking meters. When I was in the symphony, I wrote about the symphony. I wrote about the meter maids. I wrote about food. All these things affected people." [Interview with Jerol Garrison for the Gazette, 10 May 2000] He also served as editor of the Arkansas Churchman. He was a member of the vestry of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church. He also performed for 10 years with Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) as principal tuba. He married Carol Cole.
University of the South Cemetery
Created by: L Ferree
Record added: Mar 05, 2012
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