Dr. Edward Martin Allen Jr.
Dr. Allen was born on Feb. 22, 1938, to his loving parents, Edward and Fleta Allen of 120 Round Peak Church Road in Mount Airy.
Dr. Allen graduated high school in 1956 from Beulah School, and went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University in 1960.
In the year 1961, Dr. Allen began his teaching career at Morehead High School in Eden, N.C., where he taught social science, as well as social studies.
In the fall of 1962, Dr. Allen transferred and began teaching
social studies at East Surry High School, where he continued to teach for three years. During his second year of teaching at East Surry High School, the school dedicated their yearbook to Dr. Allen.
The three years Dr. Allen taught at East Surry was what made him realize that educating others was what he truly desired to do with his life. After this realization, Dr. Allen chose to continue on with his education, and was successful in earning his master's degree in 1964, as well as his doctorate in 1973 from the University of Tennessee.
After receiving his master's degree, Dr. Allen decided he would like to teach at the college level, which he did in the year 1965. He had a one-year appointment at
West Georgia College in Carrollton, Ga., where he was an instructor of political science, as well as world geography.
Dr. Allen's advance from a high school teacher to a college professor was a big step in his career, as it added to his overall development as a teacher.
As time drew nearer and his time at West Georgia was coming to an end, he began to search for a job that was closer to home. Once again, Dr. Allen was successful, and in the fall of 1966 he was awarded the opportunity to teach at Appalachian State University, which at the time was best known
as the Teachers College.
Dr. Allen served as political science adviser for 20 years. He was a member of Mi Sigma Alpha, as well as the A.A.U.P. at Appalachian State University, and he also helped with the debate team. Needless to say, Dr. Allen was extremely excited about teaching at Appalachian State, primarily because this was at the college where his parents first met. Throughout his entire career at Appalachian State, Dr. Allen taught political philosophies.
He was loved by countless students and faculty members, and was a very respected professor, as well. Each year, two or three scholarships are given from the Dr. Edward Martin Allen Jr. Scholarship fund.
Dr. Allen loved being able to help others achieve a fine education. Both of Dr. Allen's parents were teachers, so it could be said that he followed in their footsteps.
Unfortunately, due to his health, as well as poor health of
his parents, Dr. Allen chose to retire in 1993. However, before his retirement in 1993, Dr. Allen had advanced from an instructor to a full professor. He later lost his eyesight, yet despite the fact that his health was declining, he always kept up with the happenings at Appalachian, as well as Wake Forest. Listening to the games and trying to stay involved with these schools as much as possible, although he could not see or get out as much anymore, was certainly a hobby of Dr. Allen's.
In addition, he had a love for growing roses, collecting antiques, animals and reading while his health allowed for it.
All who came in contact with him admired Dr. Allen, and he contained many qualities that made him an outstanding person. His extreme modesty, his positive outlook on life, and his general sensitive nature were only a few of the qualities that made Dr. Allen a very special person to many. Most would describe Dr. Allen as a caring individual who showed concern for everyone.
He was certainly a shining light to his friends and
students at Appalachian, as well as the community.
In 1994, Dr. Allen was awarded emeritus status by the university board of trustees, and a scholarship was established in his honor in 1995. A year later in 1996, the board of trustees made Dr. Allen an honorary alumnus. Dr. Allen was a member of First Baptist Church in Boone, N.C., and later on in his retirement moved his membership to Oak Grove Baptist Church near his home. Surviving Dr. Allen are his close family, Debbie Davis and husband, Glenn, Melissa Mundy and husband, Curtis, and family, Paige Meadow and husband, Jason, Dawn Pyles and Louise Kauffman; his adopted grandchildren, Dusti Gardner, Tenley Meadows and Aden Mundy, who made his stay at home as comfortable as possible; several cousins; his best friend of 43 years, David Sutton of Boone; and special friends, Craig Golding, Chester McMillian and Madison Hasting of Gastonia.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mt. Airy with the Rev. Alton Bledsoe, chaplain Justin Nelson and the Rev. Donnie Hooker officiating. Burial followed at Oakdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Edward Martin Allen Jr. Scholarship Fund for Political Science at Appalachian State
University, 287 Rivers St., Boone, NC 28608.
Dr. Allen will be deeply missed by all of those who knew him.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.moodyfuneralservices.com.