Bob Allen

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My panel focuses on my Swiss heritage, specifically my paternal great grandfather. Traveling from Switzerland to France and then New York in his youth, he supported his family as a carpenter and progressed to become a prominent citrus rancher in Southern California. Today his descendants are spread across the entire United States, making noteworthy contributions in the fields of agriculture, teaching, medicine, science, architecture, music and the arts. They continue in the Swiss traditions of freedom, liberalism and tolerance while embracing the values of perfection, punctuality, precision, and thriftiness.