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April 3, 2014

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Heritage Mourns Loss of Douglas Allison

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014--

The Heritage Foundation has learned of the death, Monday, of Douglas F. Allison, a long-time Heritage trustee and one of our staunchest and most generous supporters.

"Those of us who were fortunate enough to have known and worked with Doug have very heavy hearts today,” said Phillip N. Truluck, a fellow Board member and Executive Vice President of Heritage.  “We were truly blessed to have had this wonderful, witty, delightful Canadian-turned-American as a friend and colleague. What a force for excellence! Doug’s wisdom has guided us for years – and, I believe, will continue in perpetuity.” 

Added Heritage Chairman of the Board Thomas A. Saunders III: “I will be ever grateful that our paths crossed at Heritage, where Doug rendered extraordinary service as a trustee for 16 years. I had the opportunity to work with Doug outside of our Heritage relationship, as well. In every circumstance, he was an honorable man and a gentleman. He will remain in my memory as a great American.”

Allison graduated magna cum laude from the University of Detroit with a degree in aeronautical engineering. During a 20-year career with the Ford Motor Co., he served in various managerial positions, building a reputation for his insightful, reliable financial and marketing advice.

He left Ford to become a partner in an investment company that purchased and operated banks in the United States and Europe.  In 1980, he struck out on his own, founding Allison-Fisher, Inc.  As chairman and CEO, Allison led the automotive marketing research and consultancy firm to great success. 

Turning to philanthropy, Allison chose The Heritage Foundation as one of his preferred vehicles for advancing conservative ideas. In 2000, Doug and his wife, Sarah, made it possible for Heritage to build one of Washington’s premier showcases for speakers and public events: the graceful Allison Auditorium and Foyer on the seventh floor of our Capitol Hill headquarters building. 

Four years later, they made yet another lasting contribution: a $10 million donation that enabled Heritage to establish the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy.  Now marking its 10th anniversary, the Allison Center has established itself as a top-level public policy institute specializing in issues of national security, terrorism, missile defense, public diplomacy, and U.S. interests in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

Said Heritage President Jim DeMint, “Our hearts and prayers are with Sarah and the entire Allison family as we remember a man who gave richly of his personal time and fortune in the cause of freedom.” 

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