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Allan Dovman
(1935 - 2009)


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Name: Allan Dovman
Gender: Male
Age: 73 years old
Lived: Sunday, 17 February 1935 - Sunday, 11 January 2009

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The following is my father's obituary that ran in the New York Times and the local paper. I find it somewhat lame, because if it were up to me I would have included so much more detail... like how he was his college's radio station manager, or how he would play the piano at every opportunity he could, or how he followed politics like a fanatical teenager, or how he seemed to always have a smile on his face even in his last days. Or how he knew all of my favorite bands and musicians, and would listen to them and learn about them just so he could discuss them with me. Or how he could have been a private investigator based on how he could locate me anywhere when I was an unmanageable high schooler (this was pre-cellphones). Okay, maybe I wouldn't have included the last part. But there is such a wealth of experiences, personality traits and quirks, and memories I could share about my dad. But he would have preferred a minimal obituary... I am the flowery, over-the-top personality, not him, so his obit should be as he would have wanted. He was brilliant yet humble... and one of the kindest people I have known or ever will. He was socially awkward, but sweet as pie. And he tried his best to be a perfect father, by the rules, because in his world, everything had instructions or a method, everything had a right or wrong, and everything was just. He wanted all people to be as honest as he was. I truly believe that somewhere in his mind he thought if he followed what his doctors told him, and took the right meds, he could live forever. He WILL live forever, just not in the concrete sense he may have imagined.

OBITUARY: Allan R. Dovman, of Bedford Village, NY, died Sunday, January 11, 2009, after a 35-year battle with cancer. He was born in New York City on February 17, 1935, to Barnet Dovman and Pauline (Engel) Dovman. Allan was a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, and a member of the ‘Most Sought-After Class’ of 1956 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his career as an industrial engineer, employed by Continental Can Co., Anaconda Copper, American Airlines and Sky Chefs, and later on, took over his family’s business as President of Building Supervision Corporation, a real estate management firm, in partnership with his sister. He married Claudia Roeder on August 9, 1970, at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, and they lived in Manhattan, NY, Rye Brook, NY and finally, Bedford Village, NY, where he died at home surrounded by his family. Allan is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Claudia; daughter, Adina of Hartsdale, NY; son, Jeffrey of Los Angeles, CA; sister, Marjorie of Queens, NY; and granddaughter, Eden Lillye of Hartsdale, NY. Funeral services will be held at Beecher Funeral Home in Pleasantville, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc. at 

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Fathers Name: Barnet Dovman
Mothers Name: Pauline (Engel) Dovman
Spouse's Name: Claudia (Roeder) Dovman
Children's Names: Adina Dovman, Jeffrey Dovman
Siblings Names: Marjorie Dovman
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Bedford, NY
Occupation: Real Estate & Property
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Jewish


Favourite Movie: Anything Woody Allen
Favourite Music Genre: Miscellaneous
Favourite Artist: Barbra Streisand, Glenn Miller
Other Interests:
comedy, radio, playing piano, music of the 1920s and 1930s, Broadway shows, politics, ancestry, conquering carcinoid cancer


Place of Passing: Home
Date of Passing: 11 January 2009
Cause of Passing: Carcinoid Cancer
Type of Funeral: Jewish
Place of Burial: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Funeral Location: Beecher Funeral Home, Pleasantville, NY
Funeral Date: 14 January 2009
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