After a stint with Katz, he joined Petry in 1978 and retired from the New York-based rep firm in 1992. He was 79.
David S. Allen, former president and CEO of Petry Television, died last Saturday in his home in Kailua, Hawaii, after a long illness.
Allen started his career in the mailroom of a New York advertising agency after serving in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War. He began his television career at Katz, but moved to Petry in August 1978 and had ascended to the top job there by the time of his retirement in December 1992.
He is survived by a son, David S. Allen, Jr., of Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter, Heather Allen Shank of Kailua; and several grandchildren. He his wife, Jane, died in 2005.