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On My Friend Fran Allen

February 22, 2007

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
Fran Allen’s recent recognition for her work in the computer world is not only wonderful for Fran but also wonderful for our community. Fran’s work on behalf of the Village may not make the same headlines or win prizes, but she has been instrumental in many Village achievements.

As Chairperson of the Waterfront Advisory Committee, Fran was the key person to raise and follow through on the role our Local Waterfront Revitalization Committee (LWRP) could take in defeating the proposed Millennium pipeline route. She started this effort in late 2000 and persisted in her efforts through our victory last year. Although many other organizations throughout the Town, County, State, City of NY, and federal agencies joined with us to achieve the win, it was Croton’s LWRP that provided the basis for the victory and it was Fran who realized it and led the way.

On that alone, she should be congratulated but there is so much more. Fran has been an active member of our Planning Board since the early 1990’s. In that role, she has contributed to valuable changes in our zoning and environmental laws that contribute to the protection of our Village. She has provided oversight on complex applications for site plans and subdivisions which have resulted in better development in the Village. Further, Fran is also on our Trails Committee and a member of the Arboretum.

Fran’s commitment to Croton has made this village a better place to live in. We should all be happy that in her busy life in the higher reaches of the computer world, Fran has had the time and interest to give Croton the benefits of her multi-faceted expertise.

— Ann Gallelli, a grateful friend

On February 22, 2007 8:17 PM, weewill said:

Fran certainly deserves all the accolades and praise for her professional accomplishments and I join Ann and other IBMers in recognizing her special gifts and talents as an esteemed mathematician and computer scientist. She is not only the first woman to receive the prestigious Turin Award, but she was also the first woman to be named an IBM Fellow. With that honor, Fran gained entry into what had been an exclusive all-male club of distinguished IBM scientists.

As important as her professional accomplishments are, there is so much more to Fran Allen. She is one of the friendliest, kindest and most giving man or woman I know. She exudes happiness and joy and her gentle support in any situation is ever present. She shares success and failure with her friends equally and her warmth and goodness are felt wherever she is. (I’d bet she’s lightened up those male scientists with her energy and enthusiasm!)

Fran is one in a million and we are privleged to have her in our midst. Her quiet humility prompts her to pretty much work behind the scenes but her contributions to Croton are many and varied.

Thank you Fran. You are a shining example of a “wondrous woman, nobly planned, to warm, to comfort, and command.” We are so proud to know you as an IBM Fellow and are delighted to have you as a Fellow Crotonite!



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