Dr. Patrick John Allen was born in South Africa on the 13th of April,1932, the son of Dr. Francis John Allen and the former Emelia Henrietta Forssman. His father was a medical physician who was born in Cork Ireland. Dr. Allen’s parents were married in South Africa on the 22nd of January, 1926.
In 1957, Dr. Allen graduated from Queen’s University Medical School 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. Mrs. Allen was a registered nurse. She trained at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast from 1952 until 1955.
Mrs. Allen died in Barrie, Ontario on the 21st of November, 2013
*Dr. Donald McIntyre Patterson also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.