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Allan "Skip" Blue

Born: Mon., Feb. 6, 1928
Died: Sat., Apr. 2, 2016

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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.


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John McCrory President 492nd BG
   Posted Wed April 20, 2016
Very sorry for the loss of a great man!
My prayers and thoughts are with you all!

Lori Williford
   Posted Thu April 21, 2016
To Laura, Debra and Grant,

Please accept deepest condolences from me and from my mother. We have treasured the times we were able to spend with Allan at 492nd reunions. Our family has felt a connection with him since my late father found a copy of "Fortunes of War" at an Air Fete in England back in the 80s. I know you are lost without him.

I believe that this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson says it best:
"To laugh often and much,
To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children…
To leave the world a bit better…
To know even one life had breathed easier
Because you had lived…
That is to have succeeded."

Pat McCourt DiTata
   Posted Wed April 27, 2016
When we moved to Poland, NY 51 years ago Ernest and Mildred Blue were our wonderful neighbors. As our children came along the Blues became surrogate grandparents to them. Over the years we came to know Douglas and Allan, as we met them in person, and through the stories Mr. Blue would tell us about them. Allan was a most interesting and informative person. My sympathy to all of the family.
Pat DiTata

Daniel Stockton
   Posted Thu May 12, 2016
RIP, Al. "Blue Skies"...

Matt Poole
   Posted Sat May 14, 2016
I'm just one of countless amateur researchers who were led down the path of discovery by this wonderful gent. Not only was he a font of knowledge, but he went out of his way to provide help, with a smile, and never with arrogance...like the best teacher you ever had in school. His book on the B-24 is very important to me. I'm grateful to have crossed paths with this superb man! My condolences to his family and friends.

Larry & Gerry Ritter
   Posted Fri June 17, 2016
We are so very sorry to hear about
skip's passing. He lived a full and active life and it was our honor to know him. He was a kind and knowledgable man about so many things. Please let us know when the memorial service is going to be. Our phone number is 315-392-3856 in Forestport and cell phone number is 315-725-0405.
Larry & Gerry Ritter

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