Kármán Lectureship in Astronautics in 1987 and the Goddard Astronautics Award in 1995, the American Astronautical Society Military Astronautics Award, the Distinguished Graduate Award of the Air Force Institute of Technology/Association of Graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
Two awards are named in his honor. The U.S. Air Force’s General Lew Allen, Jr., Trophy is awarded annually to recognize sustained job performance, job knowledge, direct sortie involvement, and military qualities. The annual Lew Allen Award for Excellence presented by JPL recognizes significant accomplishments and leadership in scientific research or technological innovation.
To his colleagues and friends, Lew Allen was an unfailing source of encouragement, support, wisdom, and knowledge. Stories abound of his personal warmth, humility, commanding presence, expectations of excellence, and creative vision. Of the many remembrances, there is one that may especially capture his qualities: “He was quiet, considerate, and extremely intelligent. He listened a lot and asked a lot of questions. He did not say much, but what he did say was very important.”
Dr. Allen was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on March 22, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Barbara Frink Hatch; two sons, Lew III and James; three daughters, Barbara, Marjorie, and Christie; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.