Retired biology professor makes gift to Wake Forest

Charles M. Allen, professor emeritus of biology at Wake Forest University, and his wife Clara, have established the Charles M. and Clara D. Allen Faculty Development and Travel Fund at Wake Forest. It will provide funds for Wake Forest biology departent faculty to travel to scientific meetings and field sites. It will also provide funds to junior biology faculty for expenses related to their research.

The Allens’ gift to the university has an estimated value of $500,000.

Allen was recognized in January for his long-time service to Wake Forest when the Charles M. Allen Professorship in Biology was named in his honor.

Born in Mt. Gilead, N.C., in 1918, Allen began teaching at Wake Forest in 1941. He was in the ground service for aerial reconnaissance during World War II under General Patton. He earned a Ph.D. at Duke University, and then returned to teach at Wake Forest until his retirement in 1989.

When Wake Forest first moved to Winston-Salem in the 1950s, Allen reached beyond his academic specialty to make a significant impact on the arts. He started the Artists Series at Wake Forest in 1958 and brought performers such as Ravi Shankar and Marcel Marceau to campus during the 20 years he ran it. The series later became the Secrest Artists Series.

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