Allan J. Braff

Jul 30, 2020

Bronx, N.Y. — Allan James Braff was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Bronx, N.Y., to Ruth and Joseph Braff and died July 20, 2020. Allan was raised in Yonkers, N.Y., spent childhood summers at Camp Lenox in Otis, Mass., and attended Roosevelt High School.

He graduated from University of Rochester in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and went on to get a Master's degree from Columbia University in 1953 before serving in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1955.

He received his Doctorate's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1959, and began his academic career at West Virginia University. After a brief time at Northwestern, he moved to the University of New Hampshire and remained there as a member of the Whittemore School faculty until his retirement. A Fulbright fellowship received in 1967 brought him to University College Dublin where he met his wife, Florence.

In 1985, Allan retired to the Maine coast, where he spent summers since 1969. In his retirement, he enjoyed sailing, painting, chess and spending time with his family.

Allan was a founding member of the Davis Point Woods and Meadow Association in Cushing and served as its first president from 1981 until 2007.

Allan is warmly remembered for his kindness, generous spirit, and devotion to his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Florence; three children Jennifer, William and Jonathan and seven grandchildren Clara, Amy, James, Eliot, Mabel, Lucie and Esme. He is also survived by his first wife, Beverly Phelan, their son Peter and predeceased by their daughter Carol.

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