McAllister, 85, longtime PB resident, educator and artist
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Adare F. McAllister passed away on Feb. 22, 2012. He was a longtime resident of Pacific Beach and was well known in the local community as an educator and artist. He was 85.

Adare was born on Aug. 2, 1926 in Helper, Utah while his family was moving from Colorado to California. They ar-rived in Pacific Beach in 1927 and Adare spent the rest of his life in Pacific Beach, except while serving in the military during World War II and the Korean War. He at-tended Pacific Beach Elementary School, Pacific Beach Junior High and La Jolla High School.

He began his military service in 1944 in the First Division of the U.S. Cavalry at Fort Riley, Kan. He was in the last group of cavalry soldiers who actually trained on horseback. He was an ac-complished rider and participated in various riding exhibitions during his First Cavalry service.

Adare’s division was to be part of the invasion force of Japan. Because the war ended before they arrived, he was assigned to the Second Brigade headquarters of the First Cavalry Division in the Tokyo occupation forces. He was quickly promoted to brigade sergeant major, one of the youngest men to achieve this rank. He was discharged from the Army in 1946.

He then studied art in Mexico City and at the San Miguel de Allende Art Institute. When he returned to Pacific Beach, he enrolled at San Diego State University and was graduated with a baccalaureate degree in U.S. history and a California state teaching credential.

Adare was ordered to report for U.S. Air Force Reserve service at the beginning of the Korean War. Based on his World War II rank, he served as a chief master sergeant in the Air Force. He was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona and at Schilling Air Force Base in Kansas.

After this second military service, his first teaching assignment was at Chula Vista Junior High School in 1955, where he was required to teach an almost impossible five subjects. He next served as a camp counselor for two years at the San Diego Unified School District camps at Cuyamaca and Palomar.

In 1958, Adare was assigned to Mission Bay High School, where he taught U.S. history and art for the remainder of his 28-year career in education. During this time, he obtained his master of arts degree in education. He was admired by many of his students, some of whom still ask about him at Mission Bay High reunions. He retired in 1983.

In 1964, he married Geraldine McAllister, who had two children from her earlier marriage to Adare’s older brother, Lonnie, who had passed away in 1961. Adare was a loving father to his two adopted children and encouraged his wife to pursue her own interest in art. Adare and Gerry were happily married for 48 years.

Art was Adare’s lifelong passion. Drawing and watercolor painting were early and long-term interests. After Adare retired from teaching, he continued to pursue art, expanding his talents to print making and book art. He had two one-man art shows of his watercolor paintings and participated in a number of group shows.

His artist’s books were included in group exhibitions at the Japanese Art Gardens in Balboa Park and at various local libraries. He also illustrated the book “Vesuvius,” a translation by Kenneth Martin of Roman letters on the famous eruption. Adare was committed to educating young people about art and volunteered to teach young children how to make artist’s books. He enjoyed camping, hiking and traveling, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Adare will be greatly missed by his family and many friends, but he had a long and happy life and was a very well-loved man. He is survived by his wife, Gerry; brother Allan; daughter Linda; son Martin; daughter-in-law Kathy; niece Polly; nephew Dan and his family.

At Adare’s request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to San Diego Book Arts, P.O. Box 90562, San Diego, 92169.
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