Allen Woodruff Stokes, age 81, of Logan, Utah, died July 28, 1996.
He was born September 16, 1914, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Francis J. and Lelia W. Stokes. He married Alice Harper of Lancaster, Wisconsin, daughter of Hugh A. and Florence B. Harper on June 23, 1945. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Allen W. Stokes, Jr. of Denver, Colorado; and daughter, Susan Stokes of Riverside, Calif.; grandchildren, Lauren Stokes, of Denver, Colo.; Marie McCrory Nielsen, Roy; Mark, Jr., Carl and Suzy Joy McCrory, all of Riverside, Calif.; one great-grandchild, Amara Rose Nielsen; and by brothers, Henry W. Stokes II of Hingham, Mass.; David E. Stokes of Jackson, Wyo.; and sister, Alison S. MacLean of Mitchellville, Maryland. His older brother, F. Joseph Stokes, Jr. of Philadelphia, Penn., died in 1994.He grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Germantown Friends School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Haverford College in 1936 and then taught at Germantown Friends School and Haverford School for seven years in the Philadelphia area. He then received a Master of Science degree in chemistry from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Wildlife-Zoology at the University of Wisconsin. In 1952, he joined the faculty of the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Utah State University where he taught wildlife management and animal behavior until his retirement in 1976.
His honors include Phi Beta Kappa from Haverford College, a Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, president and honorary member of the Animal Behavior Society, Maytag Fellowship from Arizona State University, the Utah Fellowship, Honorary Doctor of Science from Haverford College, The Haverford Award, Professor of the Year at Utah State University, the Governor's Award, elected member of the American Ornithologists Union, and Distinguished Service Award at Utah State University.
He served on the boards of Logan Library, Logan Forestry Advisory Committee, Logan Regional Hospital, United Way of Cache Valley, Hospice of Cache Valley, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, The Teton Science School, the National Audubon Society, Bridgerland Audubon Society, Terrestrial Publication of the Year, and the Wildlife Society.
Following his retirement he remained active as a teacher at the Teton Science School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and as field trip leader of the Bridgerland Audubon Society where he helped hundreds of young and old to become better observers of nature. He sought to gain greater understanding of and tolerance for gays and lesbians and was a member of the Gay-Lesbian Alliance at Utah State University for many years. He was a birth-right member of the Religious Society of Friends. He and his wife, Alice were founders of the Logan Meeting and have been active ever since.
A memorial service will be Saturday, August 3, 2 p.m. at the Sunburst Lounge in the Taggart Student Center at Utah State University. Friends and family will gather afterward in the Atrium of the College of Natural Resources. In lieu of flowers, it was his wish that gifts be made to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, The Gay-Lesbian Alliance at Utah State University, the Allen W. and Alice Stokes Scholarship Fund at the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University, or the Alice H. and Allen W. Stokes Scholarship Fund in the Women's Center, Utah State University, which supports reentry students.
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