Allan Cole, 79

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AUSTIN, TEXAS – Allan Sidney Cole, of Austin, passed away peacefully Oct. 31, 2022, in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the company of his daughters.

Born May 17, 1943, to William and Erie Cole, in New York City, Allan was the oldest of three children. Upon graduating from Mahwah High School, in Mahwah, New Jersey, Allan attended and graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as an electrical engineer. He lived in Austin for 26 years, until recently when he relocated to Tennessee to be closer to his children.

Allan is survived by his children and their spouses, Sondra Sexton (Wayne) and Dara Park (Scott), and three grandchildren, Danielle, Logan and Sidney. He also leaves his brother, Lawrence R. Cole, and sister, Paulette L. Johnson; three nieces, Sarah, Rebecca and Chava Leah; and one nephew, Binyamin. He was predeceased by his niece, Rochel Cole.

Allan enjoyed a long career in computer engineering at IBM, and later in Austin, Texas, for various technology companies. In 1981, while at IBM, he and a colleague earned a patent for cooling computer chips.

Allan enjoyed rodeos, accordion conventions, eating Texas barbecue, travel, attending computer shows, shopping marathons and collecting Hanukkah menorahs from all over the world. He truly embraced all things Texas and was a good ambassador for his chosen home. Having deep fried turkey at Thanksgiving and taking summer trips with his family were times he treasured very much. He also enjoyed dispensing career advice to any and all family members. His family always benefited from his up-to-date computer knowledge, which ranged from fixing their computers to his encyclopedic knowledge of the best technology deals each week.