Allan S Pilson
Time of Service:
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 12:30pm
Place of Service:
Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76 Street, New York, NY 10023
Sharon Gardens, Valhalla, NY
Allan Saunder Pilson passed away peacefully on December 16, 2016 at the age of 74. An internationally recognized lawyer and the senior partner at the Manhattan law office of Ladas & Parry where he specialized in Latin American/U.S. trademark and copyright law.
As a teenager attending A.B. Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, NY Allan was at the center of a vibrant a cappella doo wop music scene singing with a loose knit group of vocalists, including Neil Arena, who eventually recorded as the Mello-Kings.
Later in life, Pilson enjoyed a cult
following for serenading regulars in spontaneous acapella duets with long-time friend Arnold Mandell at venues on Manhattan's Upper West Side including Jean Georges, Ouest and Don't Tell Mama's and was prominently featured in many of his son's, artist John Pilson, video works including "Above The Grid" 1999 which includes scenes of Pilson and Mandell in business suits singing a cappella doo wop numbers while strolling the halls of Manhattan's World Trade Center's North Tower. Allan loved sports and was a fan since childhood of his beloved Yankees.
He is survived by his wife Laura Messina and her children from a previous marriage Milton and Lorena and his own children from a previous marriage John Pilson and Kimberly Pilson Fitzgerald, grandchildren Jack Minh Pilson, Audrey Mai Pilson and Sylvie Rose Fitzgerald, and his sister and brother in law, Lois and Tom Shanker.