Jay ’86 and Laurie Haley Allen ’87

The Allens
Because of their many ties to Colby, James (Jay) '86 and Laurie Haley Allen '87 feel strongly about contributing to the Colby Fund. Jay and Laurie were married in Colby's Lorimer Chapel in 1989 with many Colby friends in attendance. They have a network of Colby alumni friends in their hometown of Dover, Mass., and these days many of the children of these alumni attend school with the Allens' children—Elizabeth and twins Charlie and Meredith. Jay and Laurie frequently return to Colby when they visit family in Maine, and they rarely miss their back-to-back reunions. Two other members of Laurie's family also graduated from Colby—her father, Ron Haley Jr. '58, and her sister Kristen Haley '99.

Jay and Laurie have supported the Colby Fund for 19 consecutive years, increasing the size of their gifts over time from an initial $5 to last year's $5,000. They support the fund mainly so that others can have the opportunities they had, and they've made capital gifts for the same reason. "I attended Colby with financial assistance from the College and from generous families," said Laurie. "We established the James and Laurie Allen Scholarship Fund in 1996 for that reason, and we enjoy our letters from the students who benefit from it."

Both Jay and Laurie have been active Colby volunteers for years. Laurie was elected to the Board of Overseers in 2004 and has served on an overseers' visiting committee to the Mathematics Department. Jay is a member of the Goldfarb Center's Boston Advisory Board and has served as a Colby Fund volunteer for many years.

"We also support the many changes on campus in the past twenty years," said Laurie, "including the various building projects." She and Jay made a gift toward the Diamond Building for social sciences and interdisciplinary studies. "We would love to have one or all three of our children attend Colby someday."

Jay has worked in fixed income sales at Credit Suisse for 20 years, and both he and Laurie are actively involved in their community and their children's schools.

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