Farewell Sue Allen

Our colleagues at Parks Library Preservation have posted a letter from Sue Allen’s son on her passing. We will miss her expertise and her voice. 

We are mourning the passing of Sue R. Allen, who died on August 25 at the age of 93.  Sue was an inspiring scholar of book history, a graphic artist, and an exceptional and gracious individual.  She will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her.

The following memorial statement was written by her son, and shared with the Rare Book School community.

‘Born in Natick, Massachusetts, on August 2, 1918, and raised in the Boston area, Sue was graduated from Girls’ Latin School and the Massachusetts College of Art. As the graphic artist at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, her calendars and other pieces delighted readers with their clarity and spirited liveliness. In 1955, she married Greer Allen, then a designer at the University of Chicago Press, and subsequently University Printer at Yale; their marriage lasted almost 50 years, until his death in 2005.’

Continue reading the letter at Parks Library Preservation.


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