John Cornish Allen, of  Rolla, was born in Niagara Falls, NY,  on August 28, 1919, to Cornish Edgar and Clarinda Britten (Hall) Allen.  He died at home on April 30, 2013.

John received B.S. Degrees in 3 different disciplines, 2 from the School of Mines (now MS&T), classes of 1942 and 1947, and 1 from Rensaalaer Polytechnic Inst., Troy, NY, in 1954.  He was a registered Professional Engineer.

In 1947 he married Helen Louise Holman of Rolla and to this union 5 children were born:  Christopher (Janet), Austin, TX,  Lucinda Allen, Rolla,  Jeffrey (Kathi), Maple Valley, WA,  Matthew Allen, Bangkok, Thailand, and Amanda Allen (Edward), Seattle, WA.  He was grandfather to 6 and great-grandfather to 2.  Two nieces in California are very special members of the family.  John is also survived by 2 sisters, Nancy Maggs, Buxton, ME and Sarah Coup, Shamokin Dam, PA.

John took great pride in his 22 years as an officer of the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps, a career covering duty ranging from Offier-in-Charge-of-Construction of the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, a year as in the same capacity to the Gov. of American Samoa on all-island improvement, and as Engineer to Joint Task Force 8, a joint services command.  John led one of the first Underwater Demolition Teams (now the Navy Seals) ashore at Normandy in 1944 and was subsequently awarded the Silver Star Medal.  Among his other awards, he held the Joint Services Medal for extraordinary duty for concurrently serving all the military services.

In later years, John became an international consultant to the UN, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, etc., mainly in the field of aquaculture.  He also established an engineering management company with several international offices.  These careers, along with the Navy years, led to a rich and fulfilling life for the whole family.  

John leaves a family and a host of friends, in Rolla and around the world, to remember the “pleasure of his company”.  

A Memorial Celebration of John's Life will be conducted at the Christ Episcopal Church, 10th and Main St. in Rolla, on Saturday, May 11th, at 10 am. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorials contributions are suggested to the Christ Episcopal Church in memory of John Allen.

All arrangements are under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.