In Memoriam: Frances D. Alleman-Luce, 1924 – 2001

"Dream of feeding the hungry, and the means of doing it follow..." - F.D. Alleman-Luce, 1973

New York, N.Y.  Born in 1924 in Hingham, Mass., Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce (Fran) graduated from Hingham High School and Wheelock College in Brookline, Mass.  Following World War II, she married Stanford Leonard Luce, giving her birth to their first child, Stanford Crocker Luce (Sandy), in New Haven, Conn.  Marian Eliza Luce (Molly) was born two years later in Worcester, Mass.


In 1952 the family moved to Oxford, Ohio where, Richard Livingston Luce (Rick) and James Jay Dudley Luce (Jim) were born.  In 1964-65, the family spent a year in Paris, only to return to a nation in turmoil, with racial prejudice and the Vietnam War stirring the conscious of America.


Fran played an active role with both the NAACP and the training of the Freedom Riders as they gathered in Oxford before their bus rides down to Mississippi.  In 1969, Fran completed her masters’ degree in Educational Psychology at Miami University in Ohio.

Alleman-Luce Marriage

Following her divorce in 1972, she moved to Marietta, Ohio with her then 12-year old son Jim to begin her career as a school psychologist.  In Marietta, she was active in the local theater, and hosted an AFS student from Japan.

Fran Alleman-Luce Art Work

After her retirement, Fran moved back to Brookline, where she became involved with the P.E.O. Sisterhood – a philanthropic organization dedicated to bringing increased educational opportunities to women.

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She was staying with her son Jim on Roosevelt Island in New York, where she had hoped to relocate.  She passed away March 1, 2001, and was memorialized at the Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York on March 24.  Her ashes were interred over the summer in the Dudley Alleman Memorial Garden of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Hingham.

Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce-1940s B

Fran was survived by both her brother, Dudley Alleman, Jr. of New London, N.H., and her sister, Irene Alleman Beale of Geneseo, N.Y., in addition to her oldest son, Stan, who today lives north of Boston, her daughter Molly who lives west of Chicago, her middle son Rick in Austin, and her youngest son, Jim in New York.  Her son Rick passed on from his battle with cancer shortly after Fran’s death; he was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Austin.

Alleman-Luce - Congressional Record


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