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Allen and Lou DeLaney Endowment for University of Florida Performing Arts

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Allen and Lou DeLaney created this fund in 1991 to support the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The endowment provides for concert artist fees, educational programming, artist commissions and artist-in-residence programs.

Allen was born July 26, 1917, in Arrington, TN. He graduated from the University of Arkansas and Tulane University Medical School. In 1953, he moved to Gainesville and became the city's first board-certified surgeon. He was Chief of Alachua General and Shands Hospitals and chaired the Alachua County Emergency Medicine Council. Allen was a founding board member of the North Florida Regional Medical Center and an eight-year veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He was also instrumental in establishing the county's first advanced life-support ambulance service.

Lou earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1956 and a master's degree in education in 1972, both from UF.

Allen passed away March 25, 2004. Allen and Lou had been married for 25 years.

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