Bill Allen ‘52

As part of the class of 1952, which consisted of many WW2 veterans and others like me, whose graduation present was an all expense paid trip to Korea.

In my Junior, year a buddy of mine whose name was Tom asked me if I would double date two girls from Trinity, and I said I would.

We went out on our date – his young lady was named Patricia (Pat) and mine was Barbara.

As the evening proceeded one thing became quite apparent to me – I thought that Pat was beautiful and also very nice.

So I did what any red-blooded man would do and started dating Pat, which went on till I graduated six months ahead of my class and entered the United States Army. By that time Pat and I were committed to each other.

I served in Korea during the war and later in Europe and when I returned we were married in her hometown in New Hampshire in 1954.

In 1956, I was working for the RCA Corporation in New Jersey—they called me in one day and offered me a promotion to work in Florida at Cape Canaveral. They had just been awarded the contract to do tech support for all the shots from Cape Canaveral.

I have been in Florida ever since where we became parents of three children. Sadly Pat passed away in 1989 after 34 years of marriage and at age 60.

I am now 88 and re-married in 1993 to another great woman who I met on a tennis court. We live in Longboat Key, a barrier island off Sarasota on the West coast of Florida.

That is my St Mike’s love story.

– Bill Allen ‘52

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