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Glenn S. Allison (1925 - 2007)
Following his service during World War II as a member of a squadron in the Pacific theatre, Glenn S. Allison graduated from Olivet College in Michigan, took graduate work at the Chicago Theological Seminary, then obtained his master of social work degree at the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. He then served as a psychiatric social worker for the Illinois Department of Mental Health, rising to the position of assistant chief of Psychiatric Social Services. From 1965 to 1968 he was consultant to the Community Welfare Council of San Diego County and a member of the faculty of the School of Social Work at San Diego State College. During this period, Mr. Allison also served as president of the San Diego Chapter of NASW.
In August of 1968, Mr. Allison joined the staff of the Washington office as an associate director of public relations. He returned to San Diego in 1981 to become executive director of Episcopal Community Services. He later became a permanent deacon in the city's Episcopal diocese. He also received the Christianity Unity Award from San Diego's Roman Catholic diocesan Commission for Economical and Inter-religious Affairs. The award is presented yearly to a person who has worked for the cooperation and unification of all Christians. Glenn S. Allison died Tuesday, April 24, 2007 in California. In addition to his wife, the Rev. Allison is survived by his daughter Lesley Allison of Sisters, Ore., son, Dr. Glenn W. Allison of Roslindale, Mass; stepdaughters Heather Crews of Baltimore, and Shannon Andrade of Alpine; two grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and two great grandchildren.