Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Wilfred P. Allard, a retired Foreign Service officer and cultural attache, died Oct. 5 at the Capital Hospice in Arlington after a short illness. He was 92.

Born in Cohoes, N.Y., Mr. Allard attended the precursor of the State University of New York at Albany and became an instructor there after teaching at both Walden and East Hampton high schools. He did graduate work in romance languages at McGill and Cornell universities and served with military intelligence before joining the State Department in 1944.

While with the State Department, Mr. Allard served as a vice consul in Panama and Lima, Peru, and as a cultural attache in Paris and Buenos Aires.

Mr. Allard purchased a home in Falls Church in 1956. He became a desk officer at the State Department and U.S. Information Agency in the District and served as cultural attache at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; at Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam; and in Vientiane, Laos, before retiring in December 1972.

After his retirement, Mr. Allard accompanied official visitors on tours of the United States for nine years as an escort-interpreter for French and Spanish speakers. He was a member of the American Foreign Service Association, the Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired, and the Knights of Columbus.

An avid bridge player, Mr. Allard participated in a number of programs at St. Anthony’s Church in Falls Church and Dominican Retreat House in McLean. He also enjoyed swimming across Lake Barcroft.

Mr. Allard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Constance Tessier Allard; three sons, Paul F. Allard of Springfield, Donald C. Allard of Albany, N.Y., and William A. Allard of Santa Barbara, Calif.; a daughter, Michele Higginbotham of Ottawa, Ontario; and a sister, Alice Terry of Ellisville, Mo.

Contributions may be made in Mr. Allard’s memory to Capital Hospice, Development Office, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 501, Falls Church, VA 22042, or Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michael Road, Richmond, VA 23229-4899.

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