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Ernest G. Allen

Church music director

Ernest G. Allen, who had been a hospital administrator, businessman and church music director, died Monday of respiratory failure at the Northwest Hospital Center.

Dr. Allen, 44, of Northwest Baltimore, retired in 1987 as an administrator at the Howard University Hospital, where he had worked for about 12 years. He earlier taught at the Washington School for Secretaries.

After his retirement, he opened two hair salons, The Trendsetter Beauty Salon in Randallstown and Mo Better Hair in Salem, N.J. He sold them about a year ago, and at the same time retired after 11 years as the music director at Christ-Edmondson United Methodist Church.

Earlier, he was music director at Union Baptist Church in Washington and the Back to the Bible Apostolic Temple for All People, 200 Melvin Ave., Catonsville, where services were planned for 11:30 a.m. today.

He was born in Camden, N.J., and reared in Penns Grove, N.J.

The Howard University graduate earned a master's degree in business from his alma mater and a doctorate of sacred music from the Interdenominational Theological Seminary and College of Theism in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife, the former Darlene Coleman; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Allen; a son, Sydney Allen; and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Spence, all of Baltimore; his stepfather, James Spence of Penns Grove; and a special friend, Bettye Buchanan of White Hall.

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Former Sun editor Jonathan Susskind, food writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, died yesterday of AIDS-related lymphoma. He was 33.

Before going to Seattle in 1989, he was assistant food and home editor of The Sun and a news reporter and food and travel writer for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Services will be tomorrow in Seattle.

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