Teaching Students for Years to Come

Brock and Barbara AllenTogether Faculty Emeriti Brock and Barbara Allen have taught for over 60 years but they’re not done yet.

"Now that you know the notes, what do you want to play?" As a lifelong student and teacher, this quote from The Beatles has always resonated with Brock Allen. Both Brock and Barbara pride themselves on "playing the notes" or taking action to make this world a better place. Whether it is spending time with family, supporting the arts through musical theatre, volunteering at church where they focus on social and ecological justice, or the endless amount of time and support they have given to SDSU to increase faculty and staff development within the College of Education to ensure students are learning from the best of the best. It would be difficult to find two people more passionate about creating a level playing field for all who live on this planet.

They believe universities connect us to the bigger world; exposing international opportunities and keeping us in touch with likeminded academics. Brock believes that "Good designers thrive on the mysterious dialectic between technology and human purpose." They are excited to see such huge advancements in technology but are also interested in how we can "expand our concept of what it means to love our neighbors". To them, SDSU was so much more than a place to obtain a degree or make a living. Barbara's advice to students is that "There is always something to learn in every class. College is the foundation for the rest of your life, it is where you learn to learn." And Brock regards his 30 years as SDSU as a calling rather than a job.

Needless to say, SDSU has become as much a part of their family as they are of ours. For this reason there was no doubt in their minds that their extended family be a part of their estate plan. In 2012, Brock and Barbara made a bequest intention to utilize a portion of their estate for the creation of the Brock and Barbara Allen Bequest Fund. The purpose of this fund is to further the educational efforts for alumni, faculty, and staff. They believe that teaching and learning are part of a never ending dialogue and it is equally important for teachers and students to continue to pursue knowledge and learn from one another.

Brock and Barbara feel a responsibility to make this world a better place both environmentally and by speaking on behalf of those whose voices are not being heard. They are proud of the work they have done and continue their legacy of giving back by discussing their intentions with their children and encouraging their own efforts to make the world a better place. By making a bequest to SDSU, Brock and Barbara Allen are sharing with the world just one of pieces they wish to be remembered for playing.