Dean Conrad Allard, Jr.

Dean C. Allard, Jr. died of Parkinson’s Disease on 09/27/2018 at Goodwin house, Bailey’s Crossroads, Falls Church, Va. Born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1933, to Dean C. Allard, Sr. and Elizabeth G. Allard.

He grew up in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Pemday School in 1951, Dartmouth College in 1955 (Phi Beta Kappa), earned his M.A. from Georgetown University in 1959 and was awarded his PhD. from George Washington University in 1965. He was an adjunct professor of history at George Washington University.

After serving in the Navy for three years, he worked at the Naval Historical Center in Washington, DC and became the Director of Naval History, spanning almost 40 years with that organization.

An Arlington, Va. resident for over 50 years, he was involved in many community organizations: President of the Arlington Historical Society, Vice Chairman of the Arlington Bicentennial Commission, Vice Chairman of A.B.C. (Arlingtonians for a Better County) and active in many other civic organizations. He received great joy from growing roses and working in his vegetable garden. His family especially enjoyed his tomatoes.

As a member of the Cosmos Club since 1985, he served as the History Committee chairman and a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Allard took an active role in many national and international professional organizations: President of the U.S. Commission on Military History, North American Society of Oceanic History and vice president for the International Commission of Military History.

He was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Service award and the Dudley Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is survived by his wife, Connie, two sons, Scott Allard (Arlene) and Hunt Allard (Diane), and daughter, Elizabeth Allard Trencheny (Bob). His first child, Dean C. Allard III, died in 1959. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Charlie, David, Robbie, Katie and Lauren.

A private service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Goodwin House Hospice and Palliative Care, 3440 S. Jefferson Street, Room 427, Falls Church, VA 22041.

2 Responses to Dean Conrad Allard, Jr.

  1. William B. Cogar says:

    Naval History has lost a very devoted and good friend in Dr. Dean Allard. I had the pleasure of knowing him since about 1984; he was always a true professional and committed scholar to American Naval History. A real loss …. With the most sincere condolences to Connie and the Allard family.

  2. Edward J. Marolda says:

    I had the honor to serve under and with Dean Allard at the Naval Historical Center for most of my professional career. I will always be grateful that he took a chance and hired this very junior and inexperienced historian just out of the Army in 1971 and mentored me throughout his time as a leader at the NHC. Dean demanded only the highest scholarship and he did much to shape my research and writing skills as a naval historian. He was an especially conscientious and dedicated civil servant, a respected colleague, and champion of our Navy’s cultural heritage. He will be missed.

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