Dr. Allen was born in Bronx, NY to Joseph and Rose Zagarell. He earned his Doctorate at East Berlin University. He taught at Western Michigan University until retirement. During his tenure he served as President of the teachers union. He headed expeditions into the mountains of India and many South Asian countries. He was a life long advocate for civil and union rights. He is survived by his wife Laura Zagarell. His daughter Bianca Zagarell. His grandchildren Dane and Ariana. His brother and his wife Michael and Laura Zagarell and his nephew and niece Jesse Zagarell and Cori Madrid. In accordance with his wish no services are being held; instead, like Dr. Allen, please celebrate every moment life has to offer. Family and friends may share a condolence message online at www.joldersma-klein.com.