Monday, July 7, 2003

Eleanor M. Allen found harmony working at CCM

By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Eleanor Moore Allen's relationship with music and higher education in Cincinnati spanned more than 50 years.

An administrator for the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, she was a student there long before it was affiliated with UC.

"She will be remembered by friends and many CCM and preparatory department students, parents, and faculty for her gracious and kind manner, her professionalism and her wonderful sense of humor," said her longtime friend, Martha Crabtree of Mount Washington.

Mrs. Allen died June 26 at Mount Washington Care Center from complications from a stroke. The former East Walnut Hills resident was 93.

Raised in Linneas, Mo., Mrs. Allen came to Cincinnati to study voice at CCM in 1932. Her senior year, she became a staff singer at WLW radio. She worked at WLW for about six years, then moved to New York City to work in record production at the Victor Record Division of RCA.

A few years later, she married Douglass M. Allen and returned to Cincinnati.

She began working as an admissions counselor at the College of Music - then downtown - in 1950, after her husband died. When the college merged with the Conservatory of Music in Mount Auburn in 1955, she remained an admissions counselor. In 1957, she also became the Dean of Women, in charge of administration operations for women students.

The College-Conservatory of Music merged with the University of Cincinnati in 1966. That year, Mrs. Allen became the director of the CCM Preparatory and Continuing Education division, a position she held until she retired in 1980.

After retirement, she worked for four years as administrative assistant to former Cincinnati Ballet artistic director David McLain.

She was a member of the College-Conservatory Alumni Board of Governors; and a lifetime member of Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Sorority.

There are no immediate survivors.

Services were private.

Memorials can be made to University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music Scholarship Fund, 2624 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati 45221.

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