Thursday, 23 March 2023 13:02

William T. (Bill) Allen Jr.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — William T. (Bill) Allen Jr. died on October 5, 2022, at age 85, at his home in Saratoga Springs. He was born to Dorothy and Bill Allen of Niskayuna on August 10, 1937. Bill grew up in Niskayuna and graduated from Nott Terrace High School in 1955. He attended one year at West Point Military Academy and then served two years in the army, stationed in Japan. Bill graduated from Union College in 1961, and he received his master’s degree in Sociology from Columbia University in 1963. 

He worked in college admissions at Union, at Yale University as an Associate Director of Admissions and finally Skidmore College, where he was Director of Admissions from 1972 until 1977. After earning a second master’s degree in Secondary School Administration, he served as a guidance counselor at South Glens Falls Junior High from 1978 until 1991. During this time, he enjoyed working summers at the Saratoga Race Track as a parimutuel clerk and did so in his retirement years, at Saratoga Race Course.

He was an avid gardener, ham radio operator, and cat whisperer. He honed his interest in running and completed the New York City Marathon in 1995. He loved participating in alumni affairs at Union College and was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal for his service. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Allen, sister Judy Kubilus, daughter, Susan Spande, son, Will Allen, stepsons, Christopher and John Serrell, and grandchildren, William Allen, Sydney Allen, and Amber Spande.

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