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"EIC" 2007 Obituary


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EICHLER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-06-30 published
PHILBRICK, Doctor Allen Kellogg
Professor of Geography Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario died on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 in his 94th year in the University Hospital, London, Ontario. Survived by the love of his life, Elaine Bjorklund PHILBRICK, and by his loving son, Allen James PHILBRICK, daughter-in-law Kathleen of Ann Arbor, Michigan; grand_son Jeffery PHILBRICK (Karen) of Bremen, Maine granddaughter Kristen EICHLER (Jeff) of Louisville, Kentucky great-grand_sons Henry EICHLER and Truman EICHLER; and his extended family, Clare GORDON, Janet GORDON, and the Fu Family in Caoxian, People's Republic of China. He is predeceased by his son James and his sister Jane KOFLER. Born in Chicago, Illinois, May 11, 1914, the son of two distinguished artists, Allen E. PHILBRICK, painter, Art Institute of Chicago, and Edith Lucretia KELLOGG, pianist. Allen's talents in both music and art brought immense joy to him and to many others throughout his life. His music-making at the piano was a signature of his personality. Sketching and painting were an integral part of his life as a geographer and a lover of the humanized landscape. Allen's career was many faceted: art teacher, Carlinville, Illinois; labour organizer and early civil rights activist, St. Louis, Mossouri; political illustrator for the St. Louis Dispatch; art director, Flint, Michigan; military service in World War 2 as Captain in the United States Army Air Force, Headquarters, 42nd Bomber Wing, anti-aircraft artillery officer; and city planner, Syracuse, New York and Ogden Dunes, Indiana. He served with distinction in the geography faculties of Syracuse University, the University of Chicago, and Michigan State University, before coming to The University of Western Ontario in 1965 to join the Department of Geography until retirement in 1979. Known for his inquisitive and creative mind, his geographical work focused on cartographic representation, global systems, geographic theory, and urban culture. Known since his retirement as 'Big Al' to many generations of the Mustang Football Team at The University of Western Ontario, he celebrated every Mustang touchdown with a lap of honour around the track. He mentored players as faculty advisor to the football team and promoted scholar athletes. Devoted to fitness, Allen remained an avid runner and walker to his nineties. His caring influence is felt by hundreds of athletes over many years. Allen played a leading role in the Ratepayers' Association of Orchard Park and Sherwood Forest. Continuing his long interest in environmental protection, he served two terms on the City of London's Ecological and Environmental Protection Advisory Committee. Throughout his life he had an abiding love for the state of Maine where he and Elaine spent their summers. There he developed a tree farm, which he captured in watercolour and sketch. His many accomplishments aside, Allen Kellogg PHILBRICK is most treasured for his loving nature by his devoted partner, Elaine, and his 'pal forever', A.J. Cremation has taken place. A public celebration of Allen's life is planned for early fall. The time and place will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Allen K. Philbrick Research Fund, attention Donna Swanson, Foundation Western, Room 11, Alumni Hall, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 5B9. (www.harrisfuneralhome.ca)

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