December 1997

Jim Allis

by Joseph H. RADDER

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Jim Allis retired from Xerox in 1976 and he and his wife Marie returned to Amherst. He was involved in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering along with educational instruction in Value Engineering and Zero Defects.

In 1985 Jim broke his hip and finally ended up at the Village Glen Tennis & Fitness Club, where along with Tom Haney’s sponsorship, he helped start a group called Dem Guys (Dedicated Exercise Mavericks).

At about this time Marie was afflicted with a loss of memory and eventually was admitted to the Alzheimer’s unit at Harris Hill Nursing Home. Jim continues to see her every day. Since she sleeps a great deal, Jim started to write poems. He is a member of the International Society of Poets, and has presented readings for the past three years in Washington, D.C. at their national convention. He has written and published three books of poetry and gives readings in schools, nursing facilities and retirement homes.

In 1994 Jim became a certified Ombudsman for the Amherst Ombudsman Program and was assigned to St. Francis Nursing Home where he has given over 1000 hours of volunteer service. As an Ombudsman Jim investigates and resolves complaints made by or on behalf of residents in long term care facilities.

Jim is also involved in a volunteer grandparents program and is President of A.A.R.P. Chapter 3950.

Jim never sits for long and keeps himself active and involved. He recently had knee surgery, but is now back to his many activities.

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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