Clive Allen, former Bursar of Royal Holloway and Honorary Fellow

Posted on 10/10/2013

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Clive Allen at 1pm yesterday (9 October). Clive was Bursar of Royal Holloway from 1987 to 2000. 

He was trained as a mechanical engineer at Teeside University from 1954 to 1959, and then at the University of Durham, where he was awarded First Class Honours in Civil Engineering in 1962. His first graduate job was in private practice as a consulting engineer. In 1972 he moved to Edinburgh to become an Assistant Buildings Officer at the University and, subsequently, Deputy to the Buildings Officer.

At Royal Holloway, Clive led a £40 million programme of development. The Bedford Library, the award-winning International Building and the first two phases of the Sports Centre redevelopment enhanced College facilities, while Runnymede I, Runnymede II and Highfield Court provided additional student accommodation. The modernisation and restoration programme for Founder’s included the installation of fire detection and central heating, culminating in the restoration of the Chapel.

Clive was involved in the formulation of two Estate Strategies and the 10 year Development Plan. He became an Honorary Fellow of the College in 2003 and retained a keen interest in College affairs, attending a number of College events including the Honorary Fellows Ceremony and the Yuletide and Summer Feasts. His children Paula, Linda and Michael were all married in the College Chapel, thus cementing the close links of the whole family with the College.

As a result of a very aggressive form of Parkinson’s disease, Clive’s health had been deteriorating over the last few years during which time he was supported by his wife Anita, their children and six grandchildren – a very close-knit family. At this very sad and difficult time our thoughts are with Anita and her family.

Clive will be remembered by his colleagues and friends as a man of kindness, wit and intelligence, but above all as a man of integrity. 

His funeral will be a family-only occasion but a Memorial Service in the College will be held at a later date to be arranged. Donations to Parkinson’s UK are welcome.

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