Celebrating the life of Paul McDuff Allen, MD
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Dr. Allen is survived by his former spouse, Ms. Joan Weir Allen. He is also survived by his four sons: Dr. Mark McLean Allen (Jennifer), Barnaby McDuff Allen (Alissa), Gabriel Paul Allen (Elizabeth), and Trevor Reginald Allen (Alexis). One of his life’s great joys were his seven grandchildren: Jane, Connor, Millicent, James, Charles, George, and Archibald. He is also survived by his brother Marc (Marnie) and his sister Georgia.
He is preceded by his parents, Dr. Reginald Anthony Allen and Mrs. Annette Cecilia Farrell Allen of Providence Rhode Island. He Is also preceded by his brother Reginald Anthony Allen, Jr., and his sister Jean Lesley Allen.
Dr. Allen was born to Dr. and Mrs. Reginald Allen in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended Henry Barnard Elementary School and would graduate from Classical High School in 1960. Dr. Allen completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at Brown University. He would then receive his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his Postgraduate Medical Education at Charity Hospital New Orleans, Tulane Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His professional interests included minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, repair of obstetrical injury, and medical history. He has authored a biography on the founder of American Gynecology, Dr. Howard Kelly. Dr. Allen patented a medical device modeled after one of Dr. Kelly’s early instruments. He authored the opening chapter in the famous Telinde’s Operative Gynecology and was occasionally a speaker at Grand Rounds for Tulane OBGYN.
Dr. Allen served in the United States Public Heath Service during the Vietnam War. He was briefly stationed on a US Coast Guard Cutter in the Atlantic fleet, where he served as a General Medical Officer. His first practice, after service, was in Phoenix Arizona. He would later move to Pascagoula, Mississippi where he would practice Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 30 years. During this time he was a respected staff member at Singing River Hospital and would serve in several leadership roles on the hospital staff. He delivered thousands of babies and provided quality care for generations of women on the Gulf Coast. Dr. Allen would retire from private practice in 1998 and join the staff at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Biloxi. He would ultimately serve as Chief of the Medical Staff. Dr. Allen took great pride in this facility. Poetically, he would receive end of life care from this facility that he loved so much. At the very end of his career, he served as a surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. He loved this work as it provided him with an opportunity for travel and to meet new people.
Dr. Allen was fascinated with foreign language. He studied Chinese, French, Arabic, and Spanish. He was a glider pilot and loved visiting the Estrella Sailport in Maricopa, Arizona. He felt soaring was one of life’s great distractions. Dr. Allen loved fine dining. His favorite New Orleans restaurants were Commander’s Palace, the Upperline, and Gautreau’s. He loved New Orleans, good restaurants, a dry riesling, and a smooth sorbet.
For the safety of his family and friends, Dr. Allen’s services have been postponed. The Allen family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Ms. Anquanetta Murray, Mr. Richard Blanchard, Ms. Sandra Beckwith, and the staff at the Veterans Affairs Community Living Center, Hospice unit. Donations in his memory may be made to The Fistula Foundation, 1922 The Alameda, Suite 302, San Jose, CA 95126.
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