Robert A. Allen, the benefactor of Paws-Way at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Erie County, died Nov. 4 in Beechwood Residence, Getzville, after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Allen was a graduate of Amherst Central High School and had a degree in industrial mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, where he was a champion wrestler and member of the "M" Club, an honor society for lettermen.
After graduation, he went to work for National Aniline & Chemical Co., which later was sold to Allied Chemical Corp., which later became part of Honeywell. A technical supervisor in the Buffalo research laboratory, Mr. Allen retired in 1984.
He had served in the South Pacific during World War II as an ensign with the Naval Reserve.
Last year, to celebrate the 48th anniversary of his marriage to the former Ruth Gusse, Mr. Allen made a donation to the SPCA for the creation of Paws-Way, a dog walk paved with bricks that donors can purchase in memory of a loved one. A brochure for the project contains a photograph of the couple walking along the path at the Town of Tonawanda shelter.
Mr. Allen was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity's Alpha Chapter.
He enjoyed his extensive woodworking shop in the basement of his Town of Tonawanda home and computers -- having built his first personal computer from a kit. He also enjoyed photography, music -- he played the organ -- and baking.
He was a frequent contributor to the Viewpoints section of The Buffalo News.
Besides his wife, survivors include a sister, Louise A. Flickinger of Amherst, and a brother, William P. of Frederick, Md.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Beechwood Residence, 2253 Millersport Highway, Getzville. Burial was in Forest Lawn.