John Timothy Allen, a federal information specialist, died of heart disease Nov. 13 after being transported to Howard County General Hospital. The Savage resident was 63.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Glenoak Avenue in Hamilton, he was the son of Ray Hamilton Allen Jr., a Crown Central Petroleum employee, and Anne Marie Newman, a nurse at what is now Mercy Medical Center.


He was a 1971 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, then received a master's degree in poultry endocrinology from the school.

Mr. Allen was a technical information specialist at the federal Department of Agriculture's Animal Welfare Center, where he had worked since 1992.

Earlier, he had worked at the Hamilton Animal Hospital in Northeast Baltimore and was a pharmacologist for Nova Pharmaceuticals, Eastman Pharmaceuticals and Sterling Drug.

Mr. Allen was an animal welfare advocate. Family members said he had served on numerous committees that focused on that topic.

Over the years he kept Australian shepherd dogs, cats, chickens, fish and frogs at his home.

He enjoyed traveling, gardening, brewing beer and setting up a Christmas train garden. He coached his daughter's recreational soccer teams.

A life celebration is private.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Michele Boswell, a National Institutes of Health laboratory coordinator; a daughter, Erin Marie Allen of Savage; and his brother, Michael Gregory Allen of Marblehead, Mass.

—Jacques Kelly