Edwin C. Allen, Sr.


Edwin C. (Ed) Allen Sr. was born October 2, 1920 in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Memphis Technical High School in 1938 and from Auburn University in 1942 with a degree in mechanical engineering with aeronautical option. As a student, Ed was president of the Blue Key Honor Society and Cadet Colonel of the Engineering ROTC regiment and the brigade. He was also a member of Scabbard and Blade, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Gamma Sigma Delta.

In 1946, Ed began his agribusiness career by joining a three-way partnership in a John Deere
Farm Implement dealership in Piedmont. Subsequently, he opened dealerships in Centre and
Anniston, and has been a dealer for New Holland, Butler AgriBuildings, and Lindsey Zimmatic Irrigation. Throughout his career, Ed has been a leader in Alabama agriculture by promoting the newest technology and farming practices. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including vice chairman of the Alabama Agricultural Development Authority, member of the advisory committee of the Sunbelt Exposition, and member of the executive board of the Agricultural Council of America. Ed was president of the Alabama Farm Power & Equipment Dealers Association in 1959 and president of the North American Equipment Dealers Association in 1972.

Ed has received numerous awards, including the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service Leadership Award in 1979, the Alabama Extension Specialist Award Certificate of Honor in 1984, and the Alabama Farm Federation Free Enterprise Award in 1986.

Ed is married to the former Frances Ellis, a 1943 Auburn graduate. They have one son, Ed Jr., and one daughter, Pam Allen Howland, both graduates of Auburn University, and six grandsons.