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Arthur Allen

Arthur Silsby Allen

Monday, March 5th, 1934 - Thursday, March 4th, 2021
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Avid sportsman, leading conservationist, loving husband, and father of two, Dr. Arthur Silsby Allen passed away Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at the age of 86 peacefully at his home. Born in Brewer, Maine on March 5th, 1934. He graduated from Brewer High School in 1952. Then he continued his education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation from University of Maine in 1956 and earned his master’s degree in 1960. After a stint in the US Army 2nd LT Artillery earning a rank of Captain, Arthur continued is educational journey by earning a PHD in Natural Resources.

In 1958, he married Marlene McKenney and eventually relocated to Natchitoches, LA to teach Natural Sciences at Northwestern State University and helped form several wildlife conservation organizations and volunteered his time to Kisatchie National Forest programs.

Upon his retirement in 1999, Arthur moved back to Maine and then married Bonnie Philbrick of Bangor. Arthur was active in PCCA, MOAA as their Secretary/Treasurer, tour guide for Destination Canada in Acadia National Park, as well as serving on the University of Maine Alumni Foundation board.

Arthur was preceded in death by his father, Harry, and his mother Marian (Falt) Allen, brother Brigadier General David J. Allen and wife Marlene. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, son Steven and his wife Cecile, son Christopher, 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 1 step great grandson, sister-in-law Gloria Allen and 2 nieces Tammy and Carrie Allen, sister-in-law Barbara McKinney and 1 nephew and 2 nieces.

Special thanks to Cindy, Jen, Stacey, Kristine, and Laurie of Northern Light Hospice for their kindness and caring.

A memorial service will be held 11 am Thursday, March 11, 2021 at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 South Main St., Brewer with the Rev Rebecca Liberty, of St. John’s Episcopal Church, officiating.
The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Reception Rooms of Brookings-Smith, following the service.

For those who wish to remember Arthur in a special way, donations may be made in his name to the Allen Wildlife Conservation Scholarship payable to:
UM Foundation
2 Alumni Place
Orono, ME. 04460

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    Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith
    55 South Main Street
    Brewer, ME 04412
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    Thursday, March 11th, 2021 |
    Thursday, March 11th, 2021
    Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith
    55 South Main Street
    Brewer, ME 04412
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Edmond Laing

Posted at 06:33pm
Dear Bonnie,
Joyce and I send our love to you and Arthur's family in your time of mourning. Arthur was a good man always concerned about the environment. Despite his life in Louisiana he was a true Mainer. He will be missed.
Ed & Joyce

Larry T Doughty

Posted at 04:21pm
My condolences to Mr. Allen's family. I remember his and his brother David in Brewer High School. His mom Marian was one of my teachers at the State Street School. Probably around the 5th grade. She was one of the very best ever. They lived right across from the high school in those days.

Paula Anastasio

Posted at 07:50am
Dear Bonnie we send our love and sincere sympathy to you and Arthurs family. We both always enjoyed visiting with the both of you at your home and at the Philbrick family camp at Beech Hill for family gatherings. Its where the two of you were wed and I 'll never forget that fun filled day with all of our families together! Arthur always shared his love of birds and wildlife especially the Loons on the pond with us. He will be missed! Your in our thoughts and prayers.
Cousin Paula & John Anastasio

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