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Griffin Allen (1920 - 1987)

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Dr. Griffin Allen
Born in Connellsville, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Profile last modified 11 Feb 2020 | Last significant change: 11 Feb 2020
23:20: Edward Trever added Alexander Allen (abt.1917-) as sibling for Griffin Allen (1920-1987). [Thank Edward for this]
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Ophthalmologist Griffin Allen was one of the first physicians to perform an operation to correct nearsightedness. In the early 1980s Dr. Allen helped pioneer the use of radial keratotomy, a surgical procedure designed for nearsighted patients.[1]

Dr. Allen had a prominent 30-year career in the Cleveland, OH area, serving on the medical staffs of St. Luke's Hospital and St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Health Center. He also served on the medical staffs of Polyclinic and Forest City hospitals, serving the latter as staff president.[2]

Griffin Allen was a 1938 graduate of Glenville High School. He earned a undergraduate degree at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama in 1942 and his graduate degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1945.[3]

After serving as a captain in the army from 1952-1954, Dr. Allen was a resident physician at City Hospital in Cleveland (later to become Metropolitan General) and the University of Pennsylvania graduate hospital.[4]

Dr. Allen was a member of the American Medical Association, the Cleveland Academy of Medicine, the Cleveland Ophthalmological Society and the National Medical Association (the latter being an organization for African American physicians).[5]


  1. 3 May 1987 Cleveland, OH Plains Dealer obituary
  2. 3 May 1987 Cleveland, OH Plains Dealer obituary
  3. 3 May 1987 Cleveland, OH Plains Dealer obituary
  4. 3 May 1987 Cleveland, OH Plains Dealer obituary
  5. 3 May 1987 Cleveland, OH Plains Dealer obituary
  • 3 May 1987 Cleveland, OH Plains Dealer obituary


Thank you to Edward Trever for creating WikiTree profile Allen-42546 through manual input on 11 Feb 2020. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Ed and others.

Edward Trever was a schoolmate of one of Dr. Allen's daughters. She gave him a copy of the The Plain Dealer obituary around the time of his death.

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