Donald C. Allen, a retired corporate lawyer who was a founder of the Baltimore law firm of Allen, Thiebolt and Alexander, died Thursday at his home in Jackson, Wyo., of pancreatic cancer. He was 82.
The son of Donald E. Allen, a meat inspector, and Alice Diediker Allen, a homemaker, Donald Clinton Allen, the first of six children, was born and raised in Spokane, Wash., where he graduated in 1950 from John Rogers High School.
Mr. Allen entered Princeton University in 1950 and withdrew three years later.
"He had run out of money," said a daughter, Patsy Allen of Towson.
He enlisted in the Army and served for two years in intelligence before being discharged in 1955. He then enrolled at the University of Maryland School of Law, earning his law degree in 1959 and passing the Maryland Bar that year.
"In those days, you didn't need a bachelor's degree to go to law school," said Ms. Allen.
Mr. Allen and two other partners established Allen, Thiebolt and Alexander, a corporate law firm, in 1966. In 1989, the firm became Allen, Johnson, Alexander and Karp, and since 2002, has been known as Allen, Karpinski, Bryant and Karp.
The former resident of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Federal Hill retired in 1994 and moved to Jackson, Wyo., four years later.
When living in Baltimore, Mr. Allen began running in the 1970s and took flying lessons, his daughter said.
After moving to Jackson, he became an avid golfer and cross country skier. He also enjoyed photographing the moose that came into his yard and following the stock market.
Since 1989, he had been an active member of Teton Pines Country Club, a golf and tennis club in Wilson, Wyo.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 13 at Grace Fellowship Church, 9505 Deereco Road, Timonium.
In addition to his daughter, Mr. Allen is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Carolyn Gregory; a son, Michael Allen of Victor, Idaho; two other daughters, Joan Duffy of Catonsville and Susan Kamauff of Towson; two stepdaughters, Kristan Gregory Wu of Richmond, Va., and Ashley Gregory of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. An earlier marriage to the former Virginia Boatman ended in divorce.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun