Martin “Marty” J. Allen, Jr.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Chairman Emeritus

TERM AS TRUSTEE:
September 17, 1981 through Present
Currently serves as Chairman Emeritus since 2006
Served as Foundation Chairman from 1985-2005

BIOGRAPHY:
Marty Allen graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned a MBA from Michigan State University. He has also received honorary doctoral degrees from Aquinas College and Grand Valley State University. Following graduation from Notre Dame, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and retired as a Lieutenant Commander.

Allen was successful in banking, retiring as Executive Vice President from Old Kent Bank & Trust. He has continued his commitment of service to the Grand Rapids community throughout the years, including helping to co-found the first-ever Old Kent River Bank Run, currently the largest 25K race in the country. Allen served as an Honorary Pallbearer at Gerald R. Ford’s State Funeral and is a Lifetime Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

GERALD R. FORD ORAL HISTORY PROJECT:
Read Oral History Interview with Marty Allen

FOUNDATION REMARKS:
Marty and Sue Allen unveil Gerald R. Ford statue at the East Grand Rapids Community Center

 

President Gerald R. Ford with then Notre Dame Monogram Club president Marty Allen presented the U.S. flag prior to the Notre Dame vs Boston College football game in 1997. President Ford was welcomed into the Notre Dame Monogram Club that same weekend. (Photo Courtesy of Notre Dame University)

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