Memorable Manitobans: Frank Dennison Allen (1927-1998)
Born at Virden, Manitoba on 23 December 1927, he was educated at the University of Manitoba (LLB, 1951) and was called to the Manitoba Bar in October 1952. He article and practiced law with the firm of Parker, Parker and Hamlin. He was employed as a land and lease representative with the California Standard Oil Company from 1952 to 1953 then became associated with the firm of Monk, Goodwin and Higenbottom from 1953 to 1956. He became a Crown Attorney, serving from 1956 to 1962 when he re-entered private practice with the firm of Aikins, MacAulay and Thorvaldson where he specialized in criminal and civil litigation. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1970.
He was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Manitoba in 1971 and served as its President from 1976 to 1977. He practiced with the firm of Gallagher and Company from 1976 to 1978 then formed the firm of Allen and Booth. He was Chair of the Legal Aid Society from 1978 to 1981. He was appointed a Provincial Court Judge in 1981 where he was known for his wit and fearless expression of opinions.
He died at Winnipeg on 22 March 1998 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.
“Government appoints 14 new Queen’s Counsels”, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1970, page 18.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 1998, page C8.
“They are gone, but not forgotten”, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 1998, page A4.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 April 2012
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