Nonprofit Service Organization Honors Memory Of Allen Duke, Tutors Aspiring Accountants

Posted On: 10/18/2017

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DURANGO, CO -- On March 18, two days after his 23rd birthday, Allen Duke was struck and killed by an SUV. Allen is the son of amusement industry veteran Brian Duke and his wife Emi. Allen was walking to work in Durango, CO, where he was a senior at Fort Lewis College, when he was killed.

"He wasn't doing anything foolish or reckless or stupid or dangerous on that day," said Brian Duke. "He was simply walking on the sidewalk, where his parents had always told him he'd be safe. They say that accidents happen. They say a parent should never have to bury their child. They say that only the good die young, that life isn't fair and things don't always go as planned. They also say that if you can find even the smallest positive in the worst tragedy, it can help bring peace and comfort to grieving family members, friends or even an entire community.

"All of this is definitely true, especially in the case of Allen Duke," Duke said. 

Allen was killed five weeks before he was supposed to graduate. Accounting was his field of study, and he was an excellent student. Fort Lewis College posthumously awarded Allen a degree in accounting. "We were amazed to discover he'd been volunteering his spare time to serve as a tutor for classmates at school," Duke said. "One mother surprised us at the ceremony by telling us that without Allen's help, her son wouldn't have graduated, along with five other students. Our son was never one to call attention to himself, especially when it was something that he was doing to help another person."

So the Dukes decided to honor their son's life by working with Fort Lewis College to formally set up a tutoring center in his name. They have established the Allen Duke Memorial Foundation to continue Allen's legacy. ADMF is registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) service organization and Brian Duke is its president. The foundation is a volunteer effort led by a board that includes Emi Duke, Allen's college roommate David Gruszka and his classmate Hunter Martin. 

"We wanted all funds from donors to be completely tax deductible with every penny of resources going directly where it can do most good for the most number of people," Duke said. ADMF will also help FLC students pay for their CPA examinations. 

For more information on or to donate to the Allen Duke Memorial Foundation, contact Brian Duke at (510) 376-9607 or brianduke2012@gmail.com. The foundation's mailing address is 7678 Camille Ct., Colorado Springs, CO 80908. ADMF is online at allendukefoundation.com, where donations can be made.

"Through your generosity, we can all keep Allen's memory alive by helping others," Duke said.