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In Memoriam Dr. Allan L. McCutcheon

Allan L. McCutcheon Allan L. McCutcheon passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2016. Allan was a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Statistics, Clifton Chair of Survey Science, founding director of the Gallup Research Center, and founding chair of the Survey Research and Methodology doctoral program at UNL. In addition, he was the Senior Statistical Director of the National Election Pool, which conducts exit polls and calls for the presidential elections for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, and the Associated Press. Allan received numerous honors and awards, including the rank of Fellow in both the American Statistical Association and the Royal Statistical Society. He also served on numerous advisory panels related to survey research including the National Science Foundation’s panel on the “The Future of Survey Research”. He educated a large number of diverse students and treated them as family. Allan greatly enjoyed traveling around the world and was also a devoted “foodie” exploring new dishes in restaurants and in the kitchen. To help relieve the stresses of his professional commitments, Allan engaged in an appropriate hobby - juggling. After taking up the hobby long time ago to improve his hand-eye coordination, he became hooked by the sheer fun of it, indulging the neighborhood children with an occasional show while he practiced hoisting balls and clubs in the air. His wife added to the spectacle of his pastime when she bought him a unicycle for his birthday. "She said if I learned to ride the unicycle and juggle at the same time, she'd buy me a bear costume" he laughed. Allan was a wonderful colleague and will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives were enriched by knowing him.

Please join us for a memorial service honoring Allan and celebrating his life. The service will be held June 4, 2016 from 3-6pm at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Van Brunt Visitor’s Center, 313 N. 13th St., Lincoln, NE. . Those who wish to share their favorite memory of Allan are invited to do so. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider one of Allan’s favored charities: the Lincoln Food Bank, the United Negro College Fund, and the Janet Harkness Student Paper Award offered by AAPOR and WAPOR ). A memorial fund has been organized in his name to support Dr. Allan McCutcheon Memorial Fund by Sarah Beal.

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