Arthur “Art” Errol Allinson passed away on Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 at his home in Owings Mills, Maryland surrounded by his loving family after celebrating his 83rd birthday on September 26th. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Allinson (née Harrington); children, Matthew Jacob (Jennifer Marla) Allinson and Sarah Beth Allinson (fiancée John James Pettey); brother, Dr. Robert (Irene) Allinson of California; and granddaughter, Sienna Jade Allinson. Arthur was predeceased by his parents Dr. Carl and Gertrude Allinson (née Rosen).
Art was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent most of his childhood in New Haven, Connecticut where both sides of his large extended families resided. He attended James Hillhouse High School in New Haven and graduated from Greenwich High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Southern Illinois University and then completed his Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, followed by a one-year internship at a state hospital.
His career included working at psychiatric hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin, Idaho, Louisiana, and Baltimore. One of his many accomplishments was writing a grant for Baltimore County to establish an outpatient clinic on Winters Lane in Catonsville where he worked as a practitioner for 25 years before taking an early retirement in 1992. While Art continued in private practice for another 5 years, he was always eager to dispense advice with his calm demeanor and soothing voice. He espoused Harry Stack Sullivan’s Interpersonal Theory and believed that people’s interactions with other people motivate their behavior and determine their identity. Art made his mark helping, motivating, and coaching people, whether it was in sports or life.
After retirement from his first career, he managed his small farm in Owings Mills where he remained active and busy upkeeping his pastures, sawing down trees on the property, and taking care of his Arabian horses, goats, dogs, and cats.
Inspired by Bernard Baruch, he also was an accomplished businessman, skilled negotiator, and avid investor.
Art had many interests. He was an expert at fixing, painting, and restoring classic sports cars. Throughout the years, he collected numerous cars: his treasured Austin Healeys, Jaguars, Maseratis, BMWs, and his prized 1972 DeTomaso Pantera. In addition to his mechanical prowess, he was the quintessential handyman. He was proficient in carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, furnace work, and everything in between. There was never a challenge he wouldn’t take on.
Additionally, he enjoyed sailing and power boating, antiquing, and serving as the family’s grill master. He also was a die-hard Terrapins basketball and Ravens fan.
Above all, Art enjoyed spending time with his cherished family.
“When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as one’s own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists. Under no other circumstances is a state of love present, regardless of the popular usage of the term.” – Harry Stack Sullivan
A private service was held on Friday, October 1st. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Art’s memory may be made to The Children’s Home.