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John L. Allen -- 1999 Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts - 1964 - International Studies
Master of Arts - 1964 - Political Science
John L. Allen’s colleague Peter L. Halvorson at the University of Connecticut, writes of Allen that "he certainly exemplifies for me and for many others on our campus the balance of scholarly research, teaching and service that are both central to the classic land grant mission... and the even longer traditions of a liberal education." Allen earned his B.A. in international studies from UW in 1963 and his M.A. in political science in 1964. Clark University in Worcester, Mass., granted him a Ph.D. in 1969. He also served as a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Clark in 1971. From 1976 to 1981, Allen was the first head of UConn’s Department of Geography, where he continues his instruction, scholarship and service today. His authorship of Passage Through the Garden: Lewis and Clark and the Image of the American Northwest (the 1976 Choice Outstanding Book of the Year) and editorship of the three-volume North American Exploration defined the field of historical geography of the American West. He also authored a series of atlases designed for college classes. It takes about six and one-half pages to list all his publications. He is listed in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation presented Allen with the Award of Meritorious Achievement in 1976. He won the UConn Outstanding Teacher Award in 1987. He has been UConn’s faculty athletic representative to the NCAA since 1987 and has served that university in many other capacities since joining the faculty in 1967.