Allen Duckworth

Dr. Allen Neil Duckworth, 72, of Springfield, Va., passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

Preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah Bergquist; he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Becky; two sons, David (Alisha) Duckworth and Dr. Douglas (Jasmine) Duckworth; his daughter, Dr. Beth (Michael) Flecker, as well as 11 grandchildren.

Allen was born and raised in Elkins and graduated with a master’s degree in engineering at West Virginia University before going on to earn a doctorate in computer science at George Washington University. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army before settling into a 36-year career at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. Allen was devoted to his wife and family. He enjoyed his grandchildren, playing basketball and travel.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be conducted at Fairfax Church of Christ, 3901 Rugby Road in Chantilly, Va., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to research Frontal Temporal Disorders ( or Capital Caring Hospice ( Interment will be at a later date in Elkins.