Obituary: Capt. George Smith Allen, 83, of Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Capt. (Ret) George Smith Allen, 83, of Portsmouth, RI, took in the brow on his final voyage on November 6, 2018. He was born in Syracuse, NY on May 27, 1935. He is survived by his wife Sandra Lee (Roberts) Allen and their 3 daughters, Elizabeth Ann Allen and her daughters, Ashley Bachand and Brittany Bachand; Susan Lynn Newton (Jeffrey) and her sons, Jason Murach, Joseph Murach and daughter Susan Murach; Leslie Roberts Prewitt and her daughters Candise Lebsock (Tim) and Charlotte Prewitt. He was the brother of the late Charlotte Nona Best.

George graduated from Colgate in 1957 with a BA degree in Botany. He was commissioned that same year at the Navy’s Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI. While in the Navy he attended both Command and Staff course and the Senior Course, where he also achieved a MS in Management, at the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

George spent 30 rewarding years in the service of his country. At sea he served in the USS Charles S. Sperry (DD697), USS Vigor (MSO473) and USS Bronstein (FF1037), commanded USS McCloy (FF 1038), USS MacDonough (DDG 39), Destroyer Squadron 32 and Naval Service Group 4. Shore tours included 2 tours in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, one tour in the Pentagon, director, Surface Warfare Officers School, (Division Officers Course) and as an instructor at the Naval War College. His awards include the Legion of Merit with two stars, Meritorious Service medal and Navy Commendation medal.

Following retirement in 1987, he was employed as a Weapons Systems Curricula Management Advisor at the Surface Warfare Officers School. From 1992 to 2004 he was employed as a ship handling instructor at Marine Safety International, Middletown, RI.

George was an avid fisherman. He was committed to conserving fisheries resources and served 16 years on the Rhode Island Fisheries Council. He was a member of the Newport County Saltwater Fishing Club and the Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Association (RISA). Among his other hobbies, he built a number of beautiful rowing skiffs, and was a beekeeper.

At George’s request, there will be a private memorial service for immediate family only. Should friends desire, donations in his memory to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, or to the RISA Foundation, PO Box 1465, Coventry, RI 02816, will benefit many and is personally and gratefully appreciated.

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