The death of Professor Allen W. Burton on September 6th, 2001 created a tremendous constraint to future scholarly progress in adapted physical activity. The total number of academics in the subdiscipline of adapted physical activity around the world is relatively small. Smaller yet is the number of people who consistently and meaningfully contribute to the advancement of written scholarship. The intent of this memoriam is to present my view of how one academic achieved such an immeasurable impact and exerted unique leadership during a career spanning only 17 years. I hope that by reading this memoriam, you decide that the model Allen chose in his academic career, albeit too short, is one worth adopting and promoting in your graduate students. It is through this process of adoption of one or more components of his model career that the constraint caused by his untimely departure might be reduced in some small way.