Rob Allen

It is with much sadness that we announce the very sudden passing of former teacher Rob Allen who died suddenly on 20th November 2017, aged 75 years.

Rob was Head of Science and Chemistry at Scarborough College from 1980 until the end of the summer term in 2002. He was, in his early days at College, Housemaster of College House.

On his retirement, the following article appears in the School Magazine: “Rob Allen retired at the end of the 2002 Summer Term after over 20 years as Head of Science and as the sharpest mind and driest wit in the staff room. A truly academic schoolmaster in the grammar school tradition, Rob in his time has also laid at the service of the College his expertise in and love of Rugby football. Colleagues appreciated Rob’s quicksilver contempt for inept performance, particularly on the part of meddlesome politicians; clever students were stimulated by his approach, at once brisk and thorough, and by the sheer passion and uncompromising intellect of a genuine scientist”.

Our deepest sympathies go to Viv, Neal, Iain and family members.

The funeral service is at East Riding Crematorium, Octon on Tuesday 28th November at 12.00 noon.

The OSA welcome any memories you have of Rob in the classroom, or on the Games field.

The first photograph shows Rob with former student Dr Darren Dixon, Professor of Organic Chemistry at Oxford University, at the opening of the refurbished Biology Lab in 2011. Dr Dixon said that it was Rob Allen who recognised his potential aged 13 and encouraged his love and passion for Chemistry. In the other picture Rob is with former colleague Keith Rowe at the same event.