Sept. 6, 2011
SEATTLE - The University of Washington suffered a tragic loss this weekend with the passing of men's crew student-athlete William Peter Allen. A Puyallup native who held a 3.30 GPA in biochemistry, Allen was climbing with friends and teammates at Snoqualmie Pass on Monday morning when he slipped and fell. No further details are available at this time.
"It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of one of our student-athletes, Peter Allen," said athletic director Scott Woodward. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family and the Husky rowing community at this painful time."
"These are moments you dread as a coach. Peter was a great teammate and an excellent student," said men's coach Michael Callahan. "He will be sorely missed. This is a tremendous loss to our rowing community and the University."
Allen was set to enter his third year at Washington. He rowed with the Husky program as a freshman, and then took off his sophomore season to focus on academics. Allen had been in contact with the UW coaching staff to make a return to the team this season. A memorial service for Allen will be held this Saturday at the Bethany Baptist Church in Puyallup.