James D. Allen died on September 27 of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Jim was born in 1939 on a farm in rural Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University and earning his Masters degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute as an electrical engineer, Jim embarked on a 50-year career as an Electronics Designer, Systems Engineer, Software Developer, Proposal Writer, and Management Consultant. He spent 25 years on U.S. Navy and Air Force programs, making significant contributions to major programs, including Peacekeeper Missile and the ICBM Minuteman Missile. He also worked on the SQQ-89 Navy Cruiser Combat System, GPS receivers in the F-16 Fighter Aircraft, and the National Missile Defense System. He was an active Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, serving in various branches and receiving multiple awards.
Jim and Mary, his surviving wife of 35 years, have enjoyed the love and support of their seven spectacular children, John (Alison), Matt (Beth), Chris (Ana), Ken (Connie), Shanua (Arshid) Joo, Bryan, and Ann Marie (Steve) Carr, as well as 11 amazing grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Back on the Ohio farm, Jim's sister Karen (Leon) Locke kept him up on the local happenings with their weekly phone conversations. Uncle Jim will be missed by his many nieces and nephews who enjoyed his visits home.
When Jim got a Fitbit, he began daily long neighborhood walks, chatting with everyone along the way. He earned a “Pole to Pole” award from Fitbit for walking 12,430 miles. Not content with walking the neighborhood, Jim also walked on the Great Wall of China, on Machu Pichu, at the Taj Mahal, around the Parthenon and in many foreign cities and towns. Jim also loved to square dance and was a member of several square dance clubs. Always interested in politics, Jim served for many years as Election Officer and Chief with the Fairfax County Board of Elections.
He lived life to the fullest and left many happy memories. Memorial service to be held from 2-4PM at Frying Pan Farm Park 2739 West Ox Road Herndon, VA on October 31, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local PBS network or NPR.