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Allen, Thelma DeEtte (Diener)AB 1929

D.O.D 11/09/2008 - Enid,Ok — There will be no service for Terry Diener Allen, 100, of Carmel, Calif.

She was born Aug. 13, 1908, in Douglas, OK to Mr. & Mrs. D. M. Diener and died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, in Carmel.

She came to Phillips University in 1925 and earned the A.B. degree in English and Bible. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Phillips in 1970.

She also attended the University of Chicago, and held two graduate degrees from Yale University School of Divinity. Graduate work also was performed at Columbia, New York University, the University of Oklahoma, UCLA, Stanford, and later in life a student at Monterey Peninsula College in painting, sculpture and jewelry.

Her professional activities included, Editor, Young People’s Material, Presbyterian Church USA, Free-lance author, co-author, editor of 25 to 30 novels and nonfiction books, with her Literary Collection located at the University of Oregon. She founded the Department of Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. in 1963. She taught there for five years, followed by 10 years of traveling to Indian and Eskimo schools from upper Alaska to Mississippi, and from coast to coast as Director of Communications Skills for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She also was a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She established and endowed the David M. Diener Scholarship at Yale University, named after her father.

Some of her books include: Doctor in Buckskin (Harpers), Troubled Border (Harpers), Prisoners of the Polar Ice (Westminster), Ambush at Buffalo Wallow (Fawcett), Tall as Great Standing Rock (Westminster), Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief (Westminster), and Navahos Have Five Fingers (University of Oklahoma Press).

She was the widow of co-author, Don B. Allen of Carmel.

While in Carmel, she was a founding member of Carmel Presbyterian Church, charter member of the Carmel Foundation, charter member of The Acquarium, member of Monterey Museum of Art and long-time contributor of paintings to the Christmas Tree drawing, member of the Community Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of the Hospice, Carmel Library Association and Monterey Peninsula Watercolor Society.