Bob Allor spent
his early years in Grosse Pointe, MI on Lake St. Clair so he was
no stranger to boating. Following military service in the South
Pacific in WW II, Bob came to Traverse City in 1946 to work with
Dr. Jack Beall as his optician at the Grand Traverse Ophthalmology
Clinic. In the late fifties, when sailboats were a rare sight on
Grand Traverse Bay, a number of local boaters organized the Grand
Traverse Yacht Club. Bob was a charter member of that organization.
About this time a number of the club members organized a program
to teach sailing to youths in the area. They originally built Optimist
prams in Bob Bramer's garage and held classes for several years.
A few of those original boats are still a part of the current fleet
of 30 Optis. Many of today's sailors in our area were introduced to sailing
through this program.
Sailing is very popular
in this area now, at least in part, because of the work of those early
volunteers and Robert Allor was a big part of that program. When the boating
season ended, Bob did not quit sailing. He was also an ice boating enthusiast.
He built and sailed DN (Detroit News) Class Ice Boats with a number of
Because of Bob Allor's
early work with young people and sailing, his friends
at Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic made a contribution to T.A.C.S.
to further the promotion of sailing in the Grand Traverse region. Thus
began the tradition of recognizing outstanding contributions to Community
Sailing in the Grand Traverse Region.
Bob passed away in
November 1995 and he will be missed my many, many good friends