Resolution J336-2013

Mourning the death of Donald McKinley Allen, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Feb 5, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death  of Donald McKinley Allen,
distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
Slate of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Donald McKinley  Allen  of  Binghamton,  New  York,  died  on
Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the age of 67; and
  WHEREAS,  Donald  McKinley  Allen  was  a  graduate of Stuyvesant High
School and Brooklyn College; and
  WHEREAS, Donald McKinley Allen distinguished himself in his profession
and by his  sincere  dedication  and  substantial  contribution  to  the
welfare of his community; and
  WHEREAS,  After his retirement, Donald McKinley Allen's new commitment
became his involvement with Binghamton University's radio station  WHRW,
where  he  was  able  to  express his love for music and his opinions on
politics; and
  WHEREAS, Donald McKinley Allen's dedication to  the  station  and  its
staff knew no bounds; and
  WHEREAS,  Donald  McKinley  Allen's  commitment to excellence, and his
spirit of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise,  includ-
ing charitable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition  to  being a devoted father and husband, Donald
McKinley Allen was a man of many  talents  and  interests,  including  a
house   designer/builder,  craft-show  promoter/maestro,  set  designer,
jeweler, cook/baker, photographer and sailor/navigator; and
  WHEREAS, Donald McKinley Allen was also a recreational inventor, writ-
er and poet, philosopher, musicologist, film and art aficionado, teacher
of everything and lover of history; and
  WHEREAS, He was intellectually curious,  a  storyteller,  a  political
commentator,  a  leader  and  a fixer of everything; he loved travel and
adventure, and was very committed to the study of Judaism,  as  well  as
the practice of meditation; and
  WHEREAS,  Predeceased  by  his parents, Hank and Edna Appleman and his
brother, William Appleman, Donald McKinley  Allen  is  survived  by  his
wife,  Heidi  Kaufmann; daughter, Rachel Allen; in-laws, Leslie and Don,
Jeff and Linda, Gary and Connie, Greg and Nancy, Hilary, Craig;  special
nieces  and nephews, Dana and Spencer, Erin and Mark, Crystal and Shana,
Wiley and Sydney, Ryan, Avalon, Bella, and Marcus; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion, Donald McKinley Allen leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Donald  McKinley  Allen,  distinguished  citizen  and
devoted member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution; suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Donald McKinley Allen.


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