Allan “Skip” Blue
Allan "Skip" Blue, 88, died peacefully at his home in Bendersville, on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Allan was born Feb. 6, 1928 in Poland, N.Y., the youngest son of Ernest and Lulu (Davis) Blue. He was predeceased by brothers Malcolm and Douglas, and wife Elizabeth (Regan) Blue, mother of his two children.
He is survived by wife Laura Frye-Blue, also of Bendersville; son Grant Blue and wife Chris of Boulder, Colo.; and daughter Debra (Blue) Landy and husband Joe of Athens, Pa. Also surviving are granddaughters, Colleen Schmitt and husband Matt of Urbana, Md., Kathleen McKenna and husband Andrew of Arlington, Va., Brigid Landy of Camp Hill, and Maggie Lawler and husband Lawrence of Boston, Mass. Allan also had the joy of knowing four great-grandchildren.
Allan was a graduate of Poland Central Schools and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He received an undergraduate degree from Union College and a master's degree from Syracuse University. Allan worked briefly as a teacher at Governor's Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy) in Massachusetts. After receiving his master's degree, Allan began working for the United States Atomic Energy Commission. In 1965, Allan joined the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) at the Pentagon. The agency, later known as DARPA, was a research arm of the Department of Defense that, among many other advancements, developed a time-sharing network of computers known as ARPANET, the precursor to today's Internet. He retired from the Advanced Research Projects Agency in 1977.
Allan's active retirement included extensive traveling and working on his many hobbies. He enjoyed model railroading, music, and wood working, which led to the construction of two full-sized cabins. His primary endeavor was his devotion to the history of World War II aircraft, specifically the B-24 and the 492nd Bomb Group. He spent countless hours corresponding with World War II veterans, as well as the children and grandchildren of the Greatest Generation who were interested in learning more about the B-24 and its place in their family's history. Allan wrote several books about the B-24 and was considered the foremost authority on its history.
The family will gather in June for services to celebrate Allan's life.
Memorial donations may be made to: The 492nd Bomb Group Association, c/o Fran Gramberg, Treasurer, 7025 W. Bruns Road, Monee, IL 60449.