1901 – 2002
Born: October 8,
1901, Old Town, Maine
March 7, 2002, Sterling, Virginia
Doris Allen had a
dream, a dream of peace. She believed that by making friends with others around
the world, children will grow up wanting and working for peace.
Doris was born in Old
Town, Maine. Doris’ mother was an educator and her father was a
doctor. She used to travel by
horse and buggy with her father when he visited his patients. Both parents gave Doris a sense of
fairness and social responsibility.
After high school, Doris studied chemistry, biology and psychology
at the Universities of Maine, Michigan and Berlin, Germany. She worked as a psychologist and
professor of psychotherapy and psychodrama with both children and adults in
New York City, Cincinnati, Ohio and Orono, Maine.
In 1946, after World War
II, Doris read a newspaper article
about UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization) and an international institute that would train adults to
become leaders for world peace.
Doris knew that the time to develop leadership was at a much younger
age. “We must start with the
children.” When her son asked
if there would be wars when he grew up, Doris responded, “We’ll have to do
everything we can, so we won’t need any more wars.” With the help of her husband,
Erastus Allen, and other psychologists, the idea of Children’s
International Summer Villages began.
In 1951, children from European countries and Mexico attended the
first village in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Doris Allen stayed
committed to her dream all her life. She was nominated for the Nobel
Peace Prize in 1979 and was awarded the Freedom Medal in 1999 by the
President of the USA and the Hague Appeal for Peace Prize in 2001. Even in her 90’s Doris attended
National and International Board Meetings. But, she especially enjoyed visiting Villages every
summer and talking to the children.
Doris came to the first four Villages held in Maine
(1987-1996). She listened to
the children; their ideas and dreams were important to her. She loved to dance and villagers
danced with her. Holding their
hands, she would smile with the joy she always felt when children from all
over the world were having fun together.
Although wars continue,
the dream of peace is still strong. Doris Allen believed, “The power of
love is stronger than the love of power.”
Doris Allen had a
dream. Today we dare to make
her dream, our dream, a fact.
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