DePaul Loses NIT National Champion Guard Dr. Jack Allen
Allen, letterwinner from 1944-46 passes away in Winter Park, Fla.
Sept. 13, 2013
CHICAGO - DePaul athletics has learned of the passing of Dr. Jack Allen of Winter Park, Fla. A letter winner on the 1945 NIT National Championship team and lifelong friend of Ray and Marge Meyer, Allen was a physician in Florida for many years.
In his first year as a Blue Demon in 1944-45, Allen made an immediate impact, helping to spur DePaul to the 1945 NIT National Championship. Allen knocked down 75 field goals, scoring 172 points for the Blue Demons.
In 1945-46, the senior guard played in all 24 games and scored 190 points, the team's third-leading scorer behind legend George Mikan and NBA alum Gene Stump. The Blue Demons finished that season 19-5.
In the 1945-46 Media Guide Allen was lauded:
"The real defensive genius on the squad, Jack "Shots" Allen returns to DePaul a bit taller and certainly a great deal more experienced after his first season of play when he won the praise of all opposing coaches. The lean wiry, slick-ball-handling guard, who stands six-feet and weighs 150 pounds, scored 172 points last season to rank fourth on the Demon squad. "
Jack, an accomplished boogie-woogie pianist from De La Salle High, hit the limelight as far back as 1934 when he won first place in the International Ampitheater horse show. Jack plans to be a doctor after graduation."
Prior to attending DePaul, Allen had originally played for Notre Dame after prepping at DeLaSalle High School.
Details regarding the memorial service will be provided when they are available.