Raymond B. Allen

Raymond B. Allen
1st Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles
In office
Preceded by Clarence Addison Dykstra (Provost)
Succeeded by Vern Oliver Knudsen
Personal details
Born 7 August 1902
Cathay, North Dakota
Died 15 March 1986(1986-03-15) (aged 83)
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Education University of Minnesota
(BA, MD, PhD)
Occupation Medical doctor
University Chancellor

Raymond B. Allen (1902-1986) was an American educator. He served as the President of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington from 1946 to 1951, and as the first Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles from 1951 to 1959.


Early life

Raymond Bernard Allen was born on August 7, 1902 in Cathay, North Dakota.[1][2][3] He attended the University of Minnesota, where he received a PhD and MD.[1][3]


He started his career as a general practitioner in Minot, North Dakota.[3][4]

He served as Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dean of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and Associate Dean for graduate studies at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.[2][3][4]

He served as President of the University of Washington from 1946 to 1951.[1][2][4] He dismissed three Communist professors, arguing that "a Communist is incompetent to teach the truth."[2][4] However, he refused to give a list of texts taught at UW to the House Un-American Activities Committee.[2][4]

He was Director of the Psychological Strategy Board in 1952.[1][2][3]

When UCLA was granted co-equal status with UC Berkeley in 1951, its presiding officer was granted the title of chancellor. Allen was tapped as the newly autonomous UCLA's first chancellor, a post he held until 1959.[2][4] He was recommended for the job by Robert Gordon Sproul, who served as President of the University of California serving from 1930 to 1958.[4] During his tenure, the UCLA Medical Center was built and the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing were developed, as well as the Neuropsychiatric Institute.[3] He resigned after a three-year investigation led to the revelation of corruption between football players and the Pacific Coast Conference.[3]

He also served as Director of the Research and Population Dynamics for the Pan American Health Organization.[4] He was a Fellow of the Mayo Foundation.[4]

Personal life

He had two sons, Charles and Raymond B. Allen Jr., and two daughters, Dorothy Allen and Barbara Sheard.[2][4] He retired in Virginia in 1967.[2][4] He died on March 15, 1986 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the age of eighty-three.[1][2][4]



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