George Allen, 69, mentor to many successful singers
George Allen, better known as George Axiltree, who taught singing for many years at HB Studio on Bank St. and was the mentor of many singers who went on to successful music careers, died Sept. 21 from complications of heart disease at the age of 69.
A man of boundless energy and many musical talents, he was a co-founder of Lord-Axiltree Management, which guided the careers of actors and musicians. He was a member of Actors Equity Association, the National Association of Singing Teachers and the New York Singing Teachers Association, where he served as second vice president.
He was also a writer of songs, a director of musicals and cabaret performances and the author of an acclaimed sight-singing book still used by singing teachers and their students. He was also a member of the Dramatists Guild.
He was the son of the late Alexander and Mary Hanic Allen. His brother, Charles Allen, his sister, Mildred Johnson, and several nieces and nephews survive.
The Greenwich Village Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home, 199 Bleecker St., 3-6 p.m., Sat., Oct. 2.