, Newburyport, MA

November 6, 2012

Scholarships in honor of the late Arthur Allen

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

On April 17, 1964, my life was forever changed — I met Arthur Allen. He was my friend’s junior prom date that I had helped arrange. I knew the minute I met him he was special. Our life together was definitely just that — special. He had a tough childhood with the loss of both parents before he was 13, but he decided to make it a positive, not a negative. It was the whole premise of his life. We had a wonderful journey, which is why I am writing now.

Many of his friends — Ancients, pilots, business associates and just friends — felt his loss greatly and want to do something to honor his memory. They approached me with the idea of a memorial scholarship for a young man and young woman to help them with an aviation career. On Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Armory located at Faneuil Hall top floor in Boston from 6 to 9 p.m., we are holding our first fundraiser to get the scholarship off the ground. There will be entertainment, food and beverages. The suggested donation is $100 per person or $150 per couple.

Please help me and our friends get the scholarship off and soaring.

Please make checks payable to: Arthur G. Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund and mail to Col. Robert E. Welch Jr., 30 Driftwood Drive, Bridgewater, MA 02324 or RSVP to

Linda D. Allen