The Rev. Canon Compton Allyn died peacefully this morning at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, to Charles S. and Helen C. Allyn on June 19, 1925. His living relatives include his loving wife Cecile; his two daughters Sarah (Ward) Bahlman and Elizabeth (Paul) Lowsley-Williams; his stepdaughters Margot (Robert) Siegrist, Wendell (Colin) Sykes and Sallie Strand; four grandchildren and eight step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Charles S. Allyn, Jr. of Los Angeles and his sister Mary Louise Sunderland of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth P. Allyn, in 1990.
Dr. Allyn was a well-loved and highly respected member of Christ Church Cathedral for many years. He first served the congregation for three years as an assistant minister following his ordination in 1954. In later years, he served the congregation as both a member of the Vestry and the Board of Trustees. He was also a founding member of the Cathedral’s Anchor Society.
Before his retirement as a priest from the Diocese of Southern Ohio, he also served as rector of Christ Church in Springfield and executive director of Cincinnati Industrial Mission.
Dr. Allyn earned his M.Div. degree from Episcopal Divinity School. He also held a BS in Naval Science and Tactics from the University of Virginia, an MBA from Harvard University, and a PhD in management from the University of Cincinnati.
He served as a US Naval Reservist during WWII. Before his ordination, he worked for the family business, NCR Corporation. Later in life he taught at Northern Kentucky University and was recognized with the Outstanding Professor Award in 1985 and a Faculty Salute Citation by President Leon Booth in 1986.
Over the years, Dr. Allyn generously served on various community boards and committees. He was president of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Winterthur and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cincinnati Museum Center. He served as a member of the boards of directors of the Cincinnati Historical Society; Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati; and Miami Purchase Association, the forerunner to Cincinnati Preservation Association. He was a member of the Garden Club of Cincinnati; the Programming, Exhibitions, Collections Committee of Taft Museum; and the Art Advisory Committee of Mt. Holyoke College. He had a great love for antiques, fine art, organ music and Cincinnati business history.
The funeral will be held at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, December 17, at 10 a.m. There will be a reception in the undercroft immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Christ Church Cathedral Memorial Organ Fund, 318 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, or to the Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202