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
Also served as Chairman from 1985-2005

Gerald R. Ford Oral History Project – Read Legacy Interview with Marty Allen

Foundation Event
Marty and Sue Allen unveil Gerald R. Ford statue at the East Grand Rapids Community Center

Marty Allen graduated from the University of Notre Dame and was the head student manager of the football team his senior year. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. 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 found the first-ever Old Kent (now Fifth-Third) 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 Chairman of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation from 1985-2005.

Legacy photo with President Gerald R. Ford (would propose to use this photo)

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. (Photo from Notre Dame)

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