Allen Wayne DeLoach

Allen Wayne DeLoach

Death 4 Apr 2002 (aged 62)
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Allen W. DeLoach, a social worker, educator, writer, editor and filmmaker, died Thursday (April 4, 2002) in his Kenmore home after a lengthy illness. He was 62.

An employment counselor for 17 years for the Erie County Department of Social Services, he retired in 1997 because of failing health. A 1971 graduate of the University at Buffalo, DeLoach also was a member of the founding faculty of Empire State College and served as an assistant professor at the college for several years. In addition, he was a tireless promoter of local arts and writing organizations, including the Niagara-Erie Writers and the Artists Gallery of Western New York, which he served as a director.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, DeLoach lived on the Lower East Side of New York City, where he associated with hundreds of writers and poets, including Allen Ginsberg. He later remembered many of them in a book titled "The East Side Scene." During that period, he helped usher in the beat movement in poetry and literature. As a writer, editor and publisher, he published about 40 books of poetry, prose, journals, anthologies and photographs.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., DeLoach completed pre-engineering studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He served in the Marine Corps and later in the Marine Corps Reserves. He left Jacksonville in 1959 and, with $2 in his pocket, hitchhiked to New York City to become a writer.

He is survived by his wife, the former Janet Burden; two sons, Allen and Karsten, both of San Francisco; a brother, Robert of Macon, Ga.; a sister, Patricia Young of Alabama; eight stepchildren; and 17 stepgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.
Buffalo News,(NY) Apr 6 2002

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