10/19/1943 - 10/21/2011
Allan Gilligan was born in Queens, New York on October 19, 1943. He graduated Andrew Jackson High School in 1961. He received his Associate of Applied Science degree from Queensborough Community College in 1964. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1973, and he received his Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1978. He worked for Bell Labortories, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies for 34 years, developing worldwide standards for the bar code industry. His expertise was brought into the national standards bodies with his active participation and leadership in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Materials Handling MH10.8 committee, the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) Industrial Bar Code subcommittee and the Telecommunications Industry Forum (TCIF) Bar Code Transaction Label subcommittee. Under his leadership the first national and telecommunication industry standards for bar code shipping and receiving labels and a revolutionary new standard for measuring bar code print quality were issued. These standards have been the benchmarks for current international bar code standards development in both Europe and Japan. In 1986 Allan received the Don Percival Award from AIM USA and SCAN Newsletter for his leadership and innovation in bar code equipment evaluation and standards development. In 1995 Allan received the Engineering Award of Excellence from the Electronic Industries Alliance for his leadership role in developing standards and technology within the electronics industry. He retired in June 2001 and continued to work with bar code standards as an independent consultant. He was a member of King of Kings Church and of the Free and Accepted Masons. He battled with melanoma cancer since February 2011, and was extremely grateful for the excellent treatment and care he received at Memorial Sloan-Kettering during that difficult time. Allan Gilligan is predeceased by his parents, Ruth and William Gilligan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Nancy (Jessen) Gilligan; his daughter, Kristine (Gilligan) Waide and her husband Dustin Waide; his son, Kirk Gilligan and his wife Heidi (Smith) Gilligan; his sister, Cindy (Gilligan) Mayer and her husband William Mayer; and his grandchildren, Gavin Waide, Nolan Waide, and Wayman Waide.