Allen Shifrin

Allen Shifrin

Allen Shifrin, died October 31, 2013 at age 85. Allen was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Max and Bess Glassman Shifrin. Preceded in death by brother Eugene and Sandra Shifrin. Survived by brothers, Sanford and Charlyne (Goldman) Shifrin of Scottsdale, Arizona and Larry Shifrin of Chandler, Texas. Allen graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri with a BA degree in journalism and speech. He served in the Korean War as a corporal with the Army in Public Information. He worked in radio and television in St. Louis, moving to Amarillo in 1955 to put KRAY radio on the air. He worked at KFDA-TV as continuity writer, program director and general manager until 1972. He then went to Amarillo College to help establish a radio and television program and put KACV radio on the air. Allen also served as public information director at Amarillo College. Allen has been active in the Amarillo Little Theater, March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy, RSVP Chamber of Commerce, Literacy Council, Better Business Bureau, and chairman of the Potter-Randall 911 and United Way. Mr. Shifrin was president of the Amarillo Advertising Federation and received the Silver Medal and a lifetime achievement Awards from the AAF. He also received the outstanding educator of the year award from that organization. He was inducted into the Panhandle Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Since retiring, Allen traveled extensively with his lifelong friend O. Joe Russell who has since passed away. A private entombment service was held on November 1st in Amarillo, TX.