Monday, January 06, 2014


My dear friend and fellow Disney historian, Robin Allan, author of the seminal book Disney and Europe, died peacefully last night after a long illness.

Once again, I can't get myself to write a real tribute as this strikes way too close to home.

Rest in Peace, Robin, A million thanks for your kindness and friendship throughout all these years.

3 comments:

Mark Mayerson said...

I'm terribly sorry to hear this. I enjoyed the time I spent with Robin and our correspondence.

John Stanley Donaldson said...

I remember meeting Robin Allan, when, visiting from England, he would ride out to the house on a ten-speed bicycle, to interview my mentor, Herb Ryman. A stacking of letters from over the years, reflects our continued correspondence. A fine fellow, who encouraged my “lyrical” writing—and offered up a bed in his Manchester home, if ever I be by.

Timothy Lennon said...

I was deeply saddened to learn of Robin Allan's death. I fondly recall a shared day at The Art Institute of Chicago with Robin and Janet, where I pointed out paintings that were in the collection when Walt Disney was a boy here. He spoke so knowledgeably about a wide range of the history of art. We enjoyed a long lunch in the garden and talked about shared interests and his excellent book, "Walt Disney and Europe". I treasure my lovingly signed copy. I appreciated a wonderful, long correspondence over the years. He will be greatly missed. Tim Lennon