Webster Murphy ALLEN, 87, of New York City, died May 1, 2012, during a vacation with his wife, Esther McDonald Allen, 85, and their grandson, Theodore Murphy Rice, 21, of Portland, Oregon, in Toronto, Canada.
Mr. Allen was born April 14, 1925, in London, England, to Richard and Emily (Smith) Allen. He was the third of four children, and after the birth of his sister, the family moved to New York City, where Mr. Allen remained until his death. Mr. Allen’s father, Richard, was an investment banker.
Mr. Allen attended Tributary High School in New York City, and continued his education at Yale University, graduating in 1948 with a degree in communications. After, Mr. Allen attended Harvard University, graduating in 1952 with a juris doctor degree. While attending Harvard University, Mr. Allen met Esther McDonald, who was matriculating at Radcliffe College. The two were married in 1953, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before the Allens relocated to New York City.
Mr. Allen began his career as a lawyer as an associate at the firm of Smith, Stearns, and McKeen, where Mr. Allen remained until opening his own firm, Allen and Sons, in 1971, though the only Allen child to enter the practice as an associate was his daughter, Marianne.
Mr. Allen’s three sons – Webster, Junior, Sam and Robert – pursued careers in finance, education, and philanthropy, respectively.
After retiring from his firm in 1991, the Allens enjoyed several trips around the world, and had homes in Switzerland, Puerto Rico, and Savannah, Georgia, where Esther Allen was born, and where her family remains.
Mr. Allen enjoyed watching baseball and football, playing Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit, and spending time with his family. The Allens were season ticket holders at the Metropolitan Opera, and patrons of the Museum of Modern Art and the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife; two brothers – Philip Allen and Marshall Allen – and their spouses – Crystal Allen and Meghan Amos-Allen; one sister, Mercy Allen; two sons – Webster, Junior and Sam – and their spouses – Meredith and Michael; one daughter, Marianne Rothson; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are with Callahan Brothers Funeral Home in New York City. A private viewing will precede a public service on May 5, 2012. Mr. Allen will be interred at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Allen’s name to Look Before You Leap, the charity his son, Robert DeMary Allen, founded before his death in 2001.