Congressional Record in Washington Prints My Mother’s Obituary

Washington, DC. My mother was remembered in the United States Congress by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island of New York City.



In Honor of Ms. Frances D. Alleman-Luce (1924-2001)

Hon. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York in the House of Representatives, Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Mrs. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, l rise today to pay tribute to Francis D. Alleman Luce, a civil rights advocate and lifelong community leader.   Ms. Alleman Luce, who suddenly passed away last week, was a civil rights organizer, an educator, and a member of numerous community and philanthropic groups.

Her son, Mr. Jim Luce, has arranged the service to be held at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church in my district, where he serves as the moderator.

Ms. Alleman-Luce was an extraordinary woman far ahead of her time.   Born in 1924 in Hingham, Massachusetts, Ms. Alleman Luce graduated from Hingham High School and Wheelock College.   During World War II, she worked as an entertainer for troops on leave.

After the War, she married Stanford Luce and the family moved to New Haven, Connecticut until 1952, when they again moved to Oxford, Ohio.   In 1964, the family moved to Paris, returning to Ohio the next year.

Ms. Alleman Luce played an active role in the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s, training Freedom Riders as they gathered in Oxford, Ohio before driving to Mississippi.

In 1969, Ms. Alleman Luce completed her masters’ degree in Educational Psychology at Miami University in Oxford.   In 1972, following her divorce, Ms. Alleman Luce moved to Marietta, Ohio with her then 12 year old son Jim to begin a career as a school psychologist.

Following her retirement, Ms. Alleman Luce moved back to her college town of Brookline, Massachusetts, where she became involved with the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an organization for women that stresses the value of educational achievement and philanthropic community service.

Ms. Alleman-Luce was an exceptional individual and a caring mother.   She is survived by her brother Dudley Alleman, Jr., her sister Irene Alleman Beale, and her four children, Stan, Molly, Rick, and Jim.

Ms. Alleman-Luce’s life was one of adventure, ambition, and a willingness to strive for a better world.   A proud lifelong Democrat, a friend of the disenfranchised, and a caring educator, Ms. Alleman Luce will be sorely missed.

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