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Former Central Professor Allen Moen Passes Away

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February 1, 2018

Allen Moen, professor emeritus of physics at Central College, passed away Jan. 24 in Lake Stevens, Wash., at age 84. Moen served Central for more than 30 years as a professor in the physics department.

Born in Badger, Minn., Moen received a B.A. degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Moen was drafted into the U.S. Army during graduate school and served at Fort Lewis, Wash., and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

Following his military service, Moen married Julia Brunner in 1959. He arrived at Central College in 1963 as assistant professor of physics. During his years at Central, Moen was promoted to associate professor and professor of physics, and he served as chair of the physics department and the natural sciences division. He conducted summer research at Battelle Northwest Laboratories in Richland, Wash., and at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Moen also taught physics and English in China for three semesters. He retired from Central in May 1998.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Lake Stevens.