Ralph E. Allen, 104, of Des Moines, Wash., died Friday
morning, May 19, 2000, at Wesley Homes Gardens. Born in West
Gouldsboro on May 14, 1896, the son of Capt. Fred H. Allen and
Laura E. Allen.
At the age of 7, Ralph moved to Everett, Mass., with his
mother. His father was a master mariner and owned his own ship,
The Pomvert. Ralph sailed with him many times to the West
Indies. He grew up and was educated in the greater Boston
schools. He earned the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy
during World War I and was stationed in Scotland aboard a
destroyer with the Royal Navy. After completing his tour of duty
he returned to Boston to complete his college education at
Harvard University, graduating in 1920. At the time of his death
he was the oldest living Harvard graduate.
After college he moved to Seattle, Wash. He went to work for
United Airlines when the company was in its infant stage and
later became its vice president and treasurer. When United
opened its first office in Chicago, Ralph and his wife, Dorothy,
moved there. Several years later he left the airlines and moved
back to Seattle and took a job with a hydraulics company until
his retirement. After that, he and his wife traveled extensively
and lived the last 25 years of their lives together in Santa
Barbara, Calif. After Dorothy passed away, he moved back to
Seattle for the last time.
He is survived by one first cousin, Margaret A. Blaisdell and
her husband, Tedford, of West Gouldsboro and a niece by
marriage, Ann Gulbranson and her husband, Jack, of Bainbridge
Island, Wash. There are several other cousins and friends.
At his request, there will be no services.