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Dr Sally Lyman Allen
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1926
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 2012
Ann Arbor
Washtenaw County
Michigan, USA

Sally Lyman Allen, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died November 13, 2012 at age 86, after a brief illness. Sally was born on August 3, 1926 in New York City, to Alexander Victor and Dorothy Lois Lyman. Sally was professor of biology at the University of Michigan for over 30 years and was a tireless and dedicated researcher and lecturer. Professor Allen's research at the U of M focused on the genetics and evolution of the ciliated protozoa and she was recognized as a national and international leader in this field, maintaining a lab in Nat Sci in which many Ph.D. candidates were nurtured.

As a devoted teacher, Professor Allen's classroom activities focused on the large junior-senior course for majors in genetics. Through her efforts this important course remained relevant and embraced the revolutionary advances in the genetics field. No less was her devotion to the honors course in genetics as she was a lecturer for whom the students truly mattered most. Sally received her A.B. degree from Vassar College in 1946 and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1953.

At Chicago she investigated mouse genetics with two of the most famous geneticists of the twentieth century, Sewall Wright and George Snell, who later received a Nobel Prize for the work in which she participated. Sally was a very fun loving and creative individual. She took dance classes at the Y in Ann Arbor and learned to belly dance and play the drums, participating in many performances over the years with her troupe. Generous and vivacious, Sally also loved to cook and entertain, and shared many memorable feasts with her family and friends.

She also loved to travel and reading was a life long passion. Sally is survived by her daughter Susan Allen, her brother Alexander S. Lyman, II and his wife Virginia, her half brother Victor Lyman, and her step sister Patricia Owen Schaffer; her nephews Gregory, Geoffrey, Christopher and niece Patti Ann, and seven great nephews and nieces.
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  Alexander Victor Lyman (1896 - 1959)
  Dorothy Lois Rogers Lyman
  Sally Lyman Allen (1926 - 2012)
  John Maynard Lyman (1937 - 1946)**
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Other.
Created by: Member#47194125
Record added: Mar 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106564767
Dr Sally <i>Lyman</i> Allen
Added by: Member#47194125
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