Henry Kiper (H.K.) Allen Sr.
H.K. Allen Banker, Businessman, Attorney, International Trade Consultant, and Civic Leader
Henry Kiper (H.K.) Allen, Sr., born in Dallas, Texas on July 24, 1926, died on January 4, 2005 in Austin, Texas. He was the son of Harris Terrell Allen, Sr. and Margaret Minerva Kiper Allen. He was also a descendent of the Allen brothers who founded and named Houston. A native of Texas, H.K. grew up during the depression years in Dallas, Tulsa, Temple, and Austin. He attended public schools in Austin, where he excelled in athletics and academics. He played on Austin High School teams that reached the state championship in football, track, and basketball. The 1942 Austin High Maroons' football victory was one of his cherished memories that he shared with Terrell Allen, Jr., his brother and fellow athlete. He excelled and lettered in football at the University of Texas where he scored the last touchdown during the Coach DanaX.Bible era against Texas A&M. He played running back for the Los Angeles Rams. He was active in banking and business and served on several boards including: First International Bancshares, Temple National Bank, and American Founders Life Insurance Company of Austin. Nominated by President Jimmy Carter and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, H.K. Allen served as Vice Chairman of The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Eximbank) for approximately three years. In his last years as Vice Chairman, Eximbank supported the export of $18 billion in U.S.-manufactured products, representing approximately twice the volume that had been at the time he became Vice Chairman. During his Eximbank tenure he originated or chaired economic conferences and workshops in Eastern Europe, Africa, and South America. Over the years his civic duties included District Councilman and Treasurer, Texas Bankers Association; Member, Texas Arts Alliance Board; Commanding Generals Advisory Council, Ft. Hood, Texas; "T" Association, University of Texas; President, Texas Law Enforcement & Youth Development Foundation; President, Temple Cultural Activities Center (CAC); President Emeritus, Temple Cultural Activities Center (CAC); Board Member and Officer, Kings Daughters Hospital, Temple, Texas; Chairman, Fund Drive for $1,000,000 for new building for Kings Daughters Hospital; President and Board Member, Temple Chamber of Commerce; Temple's Outstanding Citizen Award; Chairman, Building Fund Drive, Temple Cultural Activities Center for $1,000,000; Received Rex Braun Award from Texas Women's Political Caucus; University of Texas; Life Member, and District Councilman Ex-Students of UT Austin, Arts & Science Foundation Council, Longhorn Hall of Honor Council; Member, United Nationals Association; Member, President's Economic Advisory Forum; President, Beefmaster Breeders Universal; Board Member, Texas Interscholastic League Foundation; and President, Texas Breakfast Club, Washington, D.C. He was also selected Outstanding Citizen by the Temple Jaycees' in 1968. A lifelong active Episcopal layman, he served in the following capacities in the Episcopal Church; Vestryman and Senior Warden, Christ Episcopal Church, Temple, Texas; Founder and Treasurer, Christ Episcopal Day School, Temple, Texas; Lay Reader, Member Executive Council, Theological Seminary of Southwest, Austin, Texas; Founding Trustee of St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Austin, Texas; Chairman, Washington National Cathedral Annual Fund Drive, 1983; Chapter Member, Washington National Cathedral. At the request of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, U.S.A., and the Archbishop of Canterbury, he represented the United States in a delegation to Namibia which reported on the condition of the Church during Namibia's transition to independence. Senior Warden and longtime Vestryman, and Lay Leader at Christ Episcopal Church. Co-founder and Treasurer, Episcopal Day School, now the McGowen-Stephens School. His paternal grandparents co-founded Christ Episcopal Church. A graduate of the University of Texas, he held three degrees: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Law. An active member of the University of Texas Naval ROTC and a Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict. H.K. is survived by his wife of 53 years, Temple native and Temple High School graduate, Raye Virginia McCreary Allen, and their three children, who were born in Temple, and graduated from Temple High School: Ki Allen and his wife Kay, and children Judith, and Tres Allen of Austin; Mac Allen of Austin; and Ginger (Allen) Cucolo, her husband, Tony, and their children Tony-Allen, Mackie, and Abbie Cucolo of Chesapeake, Virginia. H.K. had one brothers, Terrell Allen, Jr., and was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Jane Allen Combs, and her parents-in-law Irvin and Vivian McCreary. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 7, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Temple. Officiating will be The Reverend David Alwine of Temple, The Reverend Joseph DiPaola of Austin, and The Reverend Roscoe Harrison of Temple. Honorary Pallbearers: Dick Archer, Dr. Bob Carabasi, William P. Chamlee, Jamie Clements, Jerry Ferrell, Don Gidden, Ed Hinkle, Keifer Marshall, Jr., David Pennington, Tommy Strasburger, Victory Turley, Erroll Wendland, Dr. Ramino Pena, Dr. William Thorsell, and Dr. Ron Tyler. The family requests memorials be donated to the Cultural Activities Center (CAC), Temple, Texas; Christ Episcopal Church, Temple, Texas; special programs of the Raye-Allen Elementary School; the Texas State Historical Association or the Ray Virginia Allen Fund of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.