Originally created 05/07/99

Dr. Ernest Allen



Dr. Ernest Mason Allen, of 1010 Hickman Road, died Wednesday, May 5, 1999, at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 94.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today in Summerville Cemetery, with the Rev. Kevin Odor officiating.

Dr. Allen, a native of Terrell, Texas, was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He served as instructor of French and English from 1926-41 at the Academy of Richmond County and the Junior College of Augusta. He was project manager of the National Youth Administration, 1941-43, and senior public health representative, Division of Venereal Disease, for the U.S. Public Health Service, 1943-45.

From 1946 until his retirement in 1981, he shared top responsibility for grants administration and policy, serving as chief of the Division of Research Grants, associate director of the National Institute of Health, deputy associate secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and associate director of the National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Allen received both the NIH Director Award and the HEW Distinguished Services Award. He served as chairman of the Bioscience Information Exchange from 1952-55 and was a member of the advisory committee for the U.S. Science Exhibit in 1962 and the advisory council, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1973.

Dr. Allen graduated magna cum laude from Emory University in 1926 and received his master's degree from Emory in 1937. In 1956, Emory awarded him an honorary doctorate in recognition of his distinguished service to medical research. He received an honorary bachelor of laws from Clemson University in 1968 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Upsilon and the Sigma Pi Fraternity.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Allen; three sons, Anton M. Allen, Talbott, Tenn., Emory R. Allen, Slidell, La., and James W. Allen, Cary, N.C.; and 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets, Augusta, GA 30901; to St. Joseph Hospital, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904; or to Alzheimer's Association, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today at Platt's Funeral Home, Crawford Avenue.