Allan Oliver Baldwin, 71, former chairman of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation, died unexpectedly on May 21 long before his life’s many adventures were over, in Oak Park, where he was a lifelong resident.
The son of the late Albert and the late Virginia Baldwin, he graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 1966, then earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Chicago and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management.
Before retirement, he was vice president of Information Technology at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to that, he was chief information officer at the University of Illinois Medical Center, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing one of the first electronic medical records in the U.S. He was also key in the implementation of the first statewide trauma registry, a computerized program that became a model for data collection systems for all international trauma centers.
A dear friend to many, he continually expanded his circle of friends along with his worldwide adventures. An intrepid traveler with an outgoing personality, he didn’t believe that any destination was too distant or too dangerous. From Mt. Everest to Antarctica, with his loving wife, Jan, at his side, every place was a new adventure. An expert sailor and avid scuba diver, he loved the ocean, logging more than 500 dives in waters across the globe and was well known for his videos which he documented family and travels.
A loyal regular at Poor Phil’s and Barclay’s, he spent hours with old friends, new friends and staff.
In the spirit of giving back to his community, he was a longtime volunteer and board member of the Hemingway Foundation, serving at varying times as treasurer and chair.
But the most important thing of all was family. He loved and took great pride in all his children and grandchildren and their many accomplishments.
Allan Baldwin is survived by Jan, his wife and soulmate of 30 years; his children, Steve Lowe, Jennifer Baldwin, Jeremy (Alinda) Baldwin, Matthew (Kristen) Baldwin, and Katherine (Jeremy Ott-Holland) Baldwin; his grandchildren, Kailey Baldwin, William Raskovich, Casey Baldwin, and Jack Raskovich; his siblings, Judith (David) Voigt; Patricia (David) Moschner and Sandra (Ralph) Searles; and his in-laws, Daniel Di Vito and the late William (Mary Jo) Di Vito.
A celebration of Allan’s life will be held on June 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Carleton Hotel, 1110 Pleasant St. in Oak Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Allan’s name to the Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park online at hemingwaybirthplace.com/support.
Arrangements by Capetta-Dicanio Funeral Directors.