The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


April 17, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sidney W. Allen

Sidney W. Allen, 62, of Massillon, Ohio, a native of Oak Hill, died April 6, 2013.

Born in Oak Hill, on April 23, 1950, he was the son of Billie Allen and the late Burkie Allen.

Sidney was a kind free spirit who had tremendous love for his family and friends. Sidney also enjoyed music, especially playing the guitar.

He was recently enrolled at Stark State University to become a massage therapist, and was employed as a car salesman in the area.

Surviving: his children, Ryan and Nathan Allen; granddaughter, Bella Allen; mother, Billie (Goodman) Allen; brothers, Randy and John Allen of West Virginia; nephews, John Jr. and Kevin Allen; his dear cousin, Jack Stone; and his companion, Pamela J. Wells.

Cremation has taken place and a gathering of friends will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m., at 1305 Springhill NE, Massillon, OH 44646.

For any information regarding the service, please contact Pamela Wells at 330-834-0293.

Arrangements by Lewis Funeral Home.

Robert Lewis Breeden

Robert Lewis Breeden , 87, of Maclean, Va., died at his home March 15, 2013.

Born in Montgomery on June 20, 1925, and reared in Smithers, he was a former Vice President of the National Geographic Society.

Mr. Breeden was a graduate of West Virginia Tech and was named an Alumnus of the Year. He received his master’s degree from the University of Missouri.

He was a senior vice president for publications and educational materials and trustee of the National Geographic Society Emeritus, retiring in 1991.

However Mr. Breeden was best known when he was chosen by Melville Grosvenor, the president of the Society, to create the White House’s first official guidebook which was an idea of First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

The book, which then cost $1, was an immediate best seller which sold 250,000 copies within 90 days. The text had over 20 editions and raised funds for the White House Historical Society, selling millions of copies.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Breeden, also a graduate of West Virginia Tech. They had a daughter, Cindy Scudder, and two granddaughters.

Although Bob became the president of the White House Historical Society and president of the Capitol Historical Society, he was particularly proud of being a West Virginian.

While living in Smithers and attending Montgomery High School from which he was graduated, he established a printing business.

Bob loved to tell the story of being called by Denver Brown, then mayor of Montgomery and Democratic chairman, who said that President Harry Truman, campaigning for another term, was having his train stop in Montgomery around 10 p.m. the next day. In those days, newspapers and radio were the only method for making mass announcements and the information could not have been available on such short notice.

Bob printed 2,000 handbills announcing the visit of the President, which were distributed across the Valley. David McCullough, in his biography of President Truman, told the story of a turnout of an estimated 2,000 people even at that late hour. Truman asked the photographers to turn their cameras on the large crowd, saying that they deserved the credit for coming at such a late hour. Bob donated one of those handbills to the Truman Library.

As a preface to a book about Appalachia published by Bob, he paid tribute to his coal miner father and West Virginia.

Breeden’s death was announced in press releases from the National Geographic, the White House and Capitol Historical societies and led to obituaries printed in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Bob established a scholarship fund in nursing at Tech in memory of his mother, Lala Breeden.

When Bob announced his retirement in 1991 after 36 years as a writer, editor, senior executive and trustee, Gilbert Grosvenor, president of the Society, said, “I can think of no one in the last quarter century who has contributed more to the success of this institution than Bob Breeden.”

Surviving: his daughter, Cynthia Scudder of Annapolis, Md., and granddaughters, Andrea and Catherine Scudder.

Burial services were private, followed by a celebration of life on May 18.

Donations in his memory may be made to either the Capital Caring Hospice, 4715 15th St. N, Arlington, VA 22205, or Wellness House of Annapolis, 2625 Mas Que Farm Rd., Annapolis, MD 21403.

National Funeral Home of Falls Church,

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