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Walter Allen Szott died following a short illness on September 20, 2017. Born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1944, Allen grew up in Danville, Illinois, graduating from Schlarman High School in 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in 1966 and a Master of Science degree in Economic History from Northern Illinois University in 1972.
After teaching junior high mathematics for two years in Edwardsville, Illinois, Allen joined the federal Department of Energy. In 1974, he was transferred to the Washington, D.C., office and settled in Alexandria, Virginia. During his career with the federal government he served as an economist, program administrator, facilities manager, and system analyst for various government agencies. After more than 30 years of government service, he retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 2007.
His passions included a love of theater, ranging from Shakespeare to Sondheim, whether in New York, London, or local theaters. He was an avid traveler whose extensive trips spanned the whole of Europe; from Ireland to Russia including the Arctic Circle, and Egypt. Recently his favorite destination was Iceland, even over winter solstice. His fascination with Iceland culminated in an appreciation of Norse legends and prolonged study of the Icelandic language. Such intense study was not out of character. Allen was an avid reader with special interests in British History, historical fiction, Scandinavian noir, and Agatha Christie. More recently Allen began researching family genealogy. His more unique hobbies included tap dancing and knitting.
He is survived by Robert Wagner, his partner of 44 years. Other survivors include brother in-law Richard Wagner, and siblings Geraldine Szott Moohr, Thomas and Jennifer Szott, David and Kathryn Szott, and Brian Szott and Kathy Gilmore; beloved nieces and nephews Brian Szott, Meg and Corey Jacobson, Eleanor Gilmore-Szott, Allen Szott, and Julian Gilmore-Szott; a great nephew and great-niece Oliver and Hailey Quinn Jacobson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Eleanor (Gibson) Szott; his brother-in-law Roger Sherman; nephew Andrew Szott; and niece Abigail Szott.
Those wishing to acknowledge Allen's life are invited to donate to The Andrew and Abigail Szott Foundation. The foundation provides financial support to working families who care for a child with cancer. The web site is at https://www.szottfoundation.org.
Published on November 20, 2017
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