Allan Koslofsky

Allan Koslofsky

CHAMPAIGN – Allan Koslofsky, 73, of Champaign died on Dec. 25, 2017, at Carle Hospital, Urbana. He is survived by his wife, Anne Robin of Champaign.

Allan was born on May 30, 1944, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to parents Arthur and Elsie Koslofsky. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1962. He received a B.A. in History from Queen's College in 1967. He then proudly served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan, where he taught English in a rural school. He earned a master's degree from the College of Social Work at Florida State University in 1975. He then moved to California to begin a long career with Napa County Mental Health Services, where he worked with adults with chronic mental illness. Through his case management, he kept his clients safe, off the streets and out of jail.

Allan was very close with his large extended family. He is survived by his sisters, Gail Sanders (Bob) of Dove Canyon, Calif., and Harriet Hoffman of Dallas, Texas; nieces, Sharyn Fein (Eric) of Dallas, Texas, Jessica Sanders (Jake) of New Orleans, La., Rachael Sanders (Brandon) of Costa Mesa, Calif.; nephew, Bob Hoffman (Pat) of Redondo Beach, Calif.; great-nieces and great-nephews, Jennifer O'Neil (Patrick) of Altus, Okla., Jordan Fein of Brooklyn, N.Y., Carly Fein of Manhattan, N.Y.; and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews, Nora, Declan and Everette O'Neil, all of Altus, Okla.

Allan married Anne Robin on Sept. 25, 2015, in Napa, Calif. They had two years and three months of high quality time together, despite Allan's diagnosis of Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Allan did so well on chemotherapy that most of the time his cancer was merely an annoyance. They traveled together often to visit friends and family, including the "trip of a lifetime" to Alaska in August 2017.

Allan was an avid long-distance runner, starting with the track and cross country team at Queens College. He competed in more than 25 marathons and one ultra marathon (50 miles). He also started a trend of wearing highly colorful running shoes. He left behind more than 30 pairs when he died.

After retirement, Allan pursued a new hobby of visiting colleges and universities across the United States. During five road trips he visited more than 260 campuses. On his last college road trip, he focused on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), visiting more than 30. During his lifetime, Allan was able to visit all the states in the U.S. He could have written a book based on his travels and passion for the geography of higher education.

Anne Robin has a large extended family and many friends. They all embraced Allan and enjoyed his company. He was often the life of the party, especially while playing old blues songs on his harmonica. He loved both listening to live music, and performing.

A Celebration of Life in memory of Allan will be held on Jan. 21, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Independent Media Center (202 S. Broadway, Urbana). Supper will be provided, with the local band PBS performing. Dancing will be encouraged.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family has requested donations to the MSW Class of 1975 Scholarship established at the Florida State University College of Social Work, University Center, Building C, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2570 or at csw.fsu.edu/give.

jmtwedt wrote on January 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm

We met Allan and Anne on their "trip of a lifetime".  They were so cute together.  We're very happy to have met both of them.  Allan entertained us with his singing and harmonica.  Allan, you will be missed. 

Love,  Jennie & Robbin Twedt