Roger Blaine Allison, Jr. Ph.D.
1925 ~ 2010
Roger was born in Ogden, Utah March 6, 1925, son of Roger and Golda Allison. He died at home April 2, 2010 after a struggle with Alzheimer's.
Three days after graduating from high school, he was drafted into the army and served three years in World War II. He married Helen Hill on December 21, 1943. Their marriage was a beautiful bond that lasted sixty six years and produced five cherished children, 16 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren. He and Helen traveled frequently in their motorhome and shared a love of Indian country, mountains, deserts and the sea coast.
Roger lived a life of learning, caring and giving. He valued knowledge, education and research and his published papers led others along the trail of new beginnings. Roger enjoyed math, statistics and anything related to psychology and human behavior. He earned degrees from Weber College, University of Utah and received a PhD from Princeton University. While in Princeton, he conducted research on human learning as a Research Associate with the Educational Testing Service supported by the Office of Naval Research and National Science Foundation. The results of these studies appeared in numerous publications and yearly presentations at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. For the next twenty nine years he was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah Medical Center. For eleven of those years he was also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University. He was the author or co-author of numerous articles on human learning, schizophrenia and others. He went into private practice in 1964 and spent time as President of Utah Psychologists in Private Practice. He was also a consultant with Primary Children's Hospital, Comprehensive Mental Health Planning Project, Junior League Juvenile Court Research, the Abbey of the Holy Trinity in Huntsville and the Tooele School District.
Roger is survived by his wife Helen, children Linda Kirby (Mike), Scott Allison (Emily), Janet Thomas (Craig), and Brent Allison (Sarah), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Lou Jean Nilsson (Dick) and brother, Jim Allison (Bev). He was preceded in death by his daughter Joan and granddaughter Leisha.
His family will lovingly remember him for his delightful sense of humor and wonderful "lectures."
Funeral services will be 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Dr. where friends may call Wednesday from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. http://act.alz.org/goto/rogerallison. Condolences may be sent to www.wasatchlawn.com.