Allan A. Saxe

allan saxe

February 11, 1939 ~ June 17, 2024

Born in: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Resided in: Arlington, Texas

Allan A. Saxe, a cherished member of the Arlington, Texas community, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2024, in Arlington, Texas. Born on February 11, 1939, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Allan dedicated his life to education, political science, and community service.

Although Allan earned his PhD in Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, it was his job as a tutor for members of the undefeated OU Sooner’s football team, coached by the legendary Bud Wilkinson, that was most memorable for him.

Allan was a distinguished political scientist and a beloved professor at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) for 53 years. His passion for politics and elections made him a sought-after expert by radio stations and a favorite columnist for the Arlington Citizen Journal. Allan’s insightful opinions and engaging writing style endeared him to many readers and listeners.

His commitment to education extended beyond the classroom. Allan’s classes at UTA were immensely popular, often filled to capacity with students eager to learn from him. His engaging teaching style, sense of humor, and genuine interest in his students’ lives made him a cherished mentor and role model. Allan frequently invited guest speakers to his classes, encouraging students to actively participate in discussions and community engagement. Many of his students went on to earn political science degrees, equipped with the skills and knowledge to make meaningful contributions to society.

Allan’s philanthropic spirit was evident in his numerous contributions to the community. He was a founding member of the Arlington Life Shelter, passionately advocating for the homeless and working with city leaders to secure institutional support. His dedication to Mission Arlington’s Dental Clinic and his generous donations of artwork to local churches, museums in Fort Worth, the Arlington City Council chambers, and the Dallas Public Library highlighted his commitment to enhancing the cultural and social fabric of his community.

A lover of art, Allan spent his Saturdays, as a newcomer to Texas, browsing galleries, selecting pieces which he later donated for the public to enjoy, sharing his passion with others. His many contributions to UTA include the Planetarium, the nursing program, intramural fields, and scholarships for disabled students. Although often a public person, in private Allan found enjoyment from dogs that he had adopted. His dogs, named Flash, Stuffy, and Biscuit led to his passionate support for pet adoption. He served as president of the Humane Society’s Board and contributed to the “Saxe/Fort Adoption Center” in Fort Worth, showcasing his love for animals.

Allan’s vibrant personality and big heart were evident in every aspect of his life. He was a frequent attendee of concerts at Levitt Pavilion, enjoyed movie nights with his beloved wife Ruthie, and was a familiar face at community events. His connections with city leaders and his active involvement in community projects demonstrated his unwavering commitment to making Arlington a better place for everyone. As an early donor to many big projects in Arlington, he inspired others to contribute to fundraisers for various city improvements. For example, before there was such a thing as River Legacy Park, Allan was given a tour on dirt roads with thick brush to help him dream of the potential that ultimately became River Legacy Park. The city later named the pavilion in his honor.

Allan’s remarkable life included the honor of carrying the Olympic torch through Arlington, a testament to his enduring spirit and dedication to his community. His giving nature shone brightly as he passed the torch on, symbolizing his lifelong commitment to helping others.

Allan Saxe is survived by his loving wife, Ruthie, who will deeply miss his caring heart and unwavering support. Allan’s legacy of kindness, generosity, and dedication to education and community service will continue to inspire all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to any of the following organizations in Allan’s memory: Saxe-Forte Adoption Center, Humane Society of North Texas, Saxe Forte Adoption Center (Fort Worth) | HSNT (817) 332-4768, ext.102; Allan Saxe Dental Clinic at Mission Arlington, Mission Arlington | Mission Metroplex » Allan Saxe Dental Clinic ; Arlington Life Shelter, Donate to Arlington Life Shelter.
Allan Saxe’s profound impact on his community, his students, and his loved ones will be remembered and cherished forever.

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  1. I was very honored to have you as my professor during the Spring and Fall 2018 semesters. You will be missed! Rest in Peace.

    • CandleImageRuthie, so sorry for your loss. We know you and Allan have experienced many wonderful times throughout the years. May all those memories bring you joy as you remember his life. Wayne and Tonna Brock

  2. Allan was a giant friend. We will forever remember and cherish his generous spirit. We have always admired the Brock/Saxe team.

  3. Wow…what a wonderful world if everyone was like Allan. We were lucky to have one.
    Ruthie, my condolences. So many Allan Saxe stories, all funny, all true.
    The day before his passing I found our old Arlington Investment Club bylaws with our signatures from 1980 (we were “all in” on Braniff Airlines).
    The University of Oklahoma honored Dr. Saxe recently too.

  4. honored Allan with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
    He was a proud Oklahoman.
    Somehow I think of Tom Goad’s speech from “Grapes of Wrath” regarding Allan,
    the disadvantaged, animals in need, and those in need of help.
    RIP my friend. Job well done here.

  5. CandleImageAlan was a geat teacher and friend. I remember his congratraulations on my select as Woman of the Year for the the Arlington Daoly news. He actuaty stopped traffic to come to my car to congratulate me. GOD bless you and your family in your time of grief. Love dorothy Rencurrel

  6. Allan was a once in a lifetime kind of guy. We will never meet anyone remotely as special as him in our whole life.

  7. I frst met Allan in 1957 when we pledged to Pi Lam at OU. We became friends and even roommates in the frat house. There are so many wondeful memories I have of Allan, too many to relate here. Was able to keep in touch with him over the years.
    Allan was a one-of-a-kind, irreplacable, beloved by so many.
    I feel honored that he was my friend.
    RIP Allan. You have left this world in a far better place than before you arrived.

  8. A great loss to the community and a true leader, I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to take a class lead by Dr. Saxe at UTA, he was an amazing lectuer and scholar, truly one of a kind.

  9. CandleImageAlan Saxe was truly the kindest, most gentle, generous souls I’ve ever met. The world has lost one of its brightest candles. I’m so sorry for your loss, Ruthie. You were his rock in this hard to deal with world.

  10. Ruthie: Sorry to hear about the loss of our friend Dr. Saxe. I remember many things about him; but one particular issue that I can recall was his effort to bring to Texas Law, a person’s right to have a Medical Power of Attorney. He was very concerned about a person being able to have a secure voice in their end of life decisions. Peace to you during this terribly difficult time. Alona

    • Hey Bill,
      You, Cathy, her brother, David, Vic, and Slim were on that 10-12 signed membership of the Arlington Investment Club along with Allan back in 1980.
      Allan always brought the fun and laughs to any event.

  11. CandleImageSad to hear of Allen Saxe’s death. I remember driving him to a Dallas cable TV access program in which we both participated in a panel discussion on the proposed Lone Star Transit Authority (back in the ’80s). As we neared downtown Dallas on I-30, where the traffic was heavier, he tensed up, explaining that he was afraid of traffic because all those cars careening around could hit us. I replied that to me it was surprisingly orderly, that all those drivers were staying in their lanes, avoiding collisions with other drivers. “I never thought of it that way,” said Allen. He was a liberal left behind by the Left, and over the years came to see its the vacuity of its emotions-first romanticism, eventually identifying as a sometime conservative. “Do you think people are basically good or bad?” he asked me, when I addressed one of his humongous classes, representing the Libertarian Party. Allen thought people are basically bad, and therefore not to be trusted with political power over others (thus backing into a libertarian position on power). Life was full of irony to him, and hence his often-expressed fanboy admiration for Woody Allen. I sympathized with his philosophical predicament, expressed in a column he wrote for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, in which he wrote that he (who once ran for the Arlington City Council) could not be trusted with power, either. If he were president, said Allen, with the power to unleash the U.S. nuclear arsenal with the push of a button, “I would push the button!” R.I.P.

  12. A giant of political mind, he let me organize an City of Arlington School Board Debate in his classroom, he taught me more about politics as an 18 year old, (1991) than I would have every imagined. He was a Professor, ” he once told us, teachers need to profess what they know”, not tow the University line

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