Dr. John Patrick Allen was born in South Africa in 1932, the son of Dr. Francis John Allen and Mrs. Emelia Allen. His father was a physician.
Dr. Allen graduated medical school in 1957 from Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. Dr. Allen furthered his medical training in surgery at Port O’ Down in Ireland prior to immigrating to Chatham in 1972. He joined the surgical practice of Dr. Don Patterson in Chatham in 1972.
Dr. Allen was Chief of Surgery at the Public General Hospital in Chatham for approximately 12 years. He also had practicing privileges at St Joseph’s Hospital in Chatham.
In his spare time, Dr. Allen enjoyed playing squash, cooking and gardening.
Dr. Allen died on the 9th of May, 1993. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife, the former Amie Armstrong McCurdy and their 4 children, Siobhan, Peter, Julie and Jennifer.
* Dr. Donald McIntyre Patterson also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.