John C. "Rusty" Allman, Jr., Class of 1966

(4/21/1943 1/16/2017)


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John Chelsea “Rusty” Allman, Jr., CDR USN (Ret) passed away on January 16, 2017 after a long struggle to regain his health following a lung transplant. John was born in Dallas, TX on April 21, 1943, the son of CAPT John Chelsea Allman and Elizabeth Gowdey Allman.

Rusty attended UT Austin, where he earned a B.A. degree, and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in June 1966. He and his bride, Kay White Allman, began their life together one month later on July 2, 1966. Shortly after that John reported to Pensacola, FL for Navy flight training, where he earned his wings. Along with many other recognitions during his distinguished career, Rusty was awarded Flight Instructor of the Year in 1971. He was the first Adversary Pilot graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, “Top Gun.” Rusty was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal for the design and implementation of this important program. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a fighter pilot and earned an MBA and JD, before retiring from the Navy.

Upon returning to Austin, Rusty practiced Aviation Law for Slack and Davis and served as an attorney for the U.S. Airways, and Continental Airlines’ pilots. Rusty was honored for his Distinguished Service by the UT NROTC Alumni Foundation and the Midshipmans Foundation in 2015. Governor Abbott, the State of Texas, and the U.S. Senate all recognized Rusty for his distinguished career and service to our country.

Rusty, and his wife Kay, lived a full and adventurous life together. He, Kay, and their daughter Chelsea, spent a memorable year living in London and travelled to countless unique destinations. His special love of sailing provided his family with treasured hours together. Besides his love for his family, Rusty had a gift for friendship and will be missed by his many friends.

CDR Allman is survived by his wife, Kay, daughter Chelsea, son-in-law Wylie Kumler, grandchildren Beckett and Parker Kumler, and sisters Betty Melton, Sue Atkinson, and M.K. Allman.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held February 11th, 10am, in the Smith Family Chapel of Riverbend Church, 4214 N. Capital of TX. Hwy. At a later date, Rusty will be buried with full honors at the Arlington National Cemetery.


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