Allen Raymond — lifelong Westporter, philanthropist, tireless volunteer, devoted church member, political leader, adviser to selectmen, driving force behind the town’s 1960 purchase of Longshore, and an ever-smiling, always gracious, genuinely good guy — died this morning at home. He was 91 years old.
Specifically — among his really-too-numerous-to-mention activities — Allen served as moderator of the RTM; chairman of the Board of Education, Republican Town Committee, Earthplace and Norwalk Symphony; president of the Westport Historical Society, Westport Library and Westport/Weston Family Y — and, for over 50 years, he led the Compo Cove Park Association.
For the past decade, he’s been Westport’s official town historian. In addition to knowing our town’s history, Allen Raymond made it.
Professionally, Allen was president and publisher of Educational Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Macmillan. In 1970 he co-founded, with Patricia Broderick, Teaching K-8 Magazine. He later sold it to Highlights for Children.
A funeral service is set for Saturday, May 17, at Green’s Farms Congregational Church.
Exactly one month ago Allen — who also owned a home on Kings Highway North — visited his longtime home on Compo Cove. Click here for the story of that remarkable day.
Westport is a far richer town for Allen’s 9 decades of life here. We will be far poorer without his wisdom, grace, and generosity of money, time, energy, spirit and love.