Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce: Organizational Tributes

“Dream of feeding the hungry, and the means of doing it follow…”

Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce, 1973

Oxford Branch NAACP, Oxford, Ohio

Memorial to Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce

Fran Luce was a vital part of the Oxford, Ohio Branch of the NAACP during the 1950’s and 60’s.   She headed many committees, such as one that pushed local barbershops to cut African-American hair, and another that fought to open our local private school to all children, regardless of race or religion.

These things happened because of the pressure of these committees.

I personally considered her my friend, as I was her friend.

Arthur F. Miller, President Emeritus


P.E.O. Sisterhood, Massachusetts Chapter K, Boston

Memorial to Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce

We, as members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, write this in remembrance of our dear sister, Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce.   The P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded by seven close friends in 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College, in an era when college was not a part of most women’s education.   It is a sisterhood based upon the principles of friendship and loyalty.   Its purposes are charitable and educational, and its outreach is worldwide.

The educational and philanthropic purposes of P.E.O. are accomplished through projects, including a college which the organization owns, as well as loans, grants, and scholarships to women pursuing various educational goals in other colleges and universities.   The cardinal virtues of P.E.O. are Faith, Love, Purity, Justice, and Truth.   Francis Dudley Alleman-Luce exemplified these virtues.

Today we pay loving tribute to her memory.   We grieve because her visible presence is no longer with us, but we are grateful for our association with her.   Her elegance, intellect, and wry humor as well as her dedication and service to our group will not be forgotten.   Though you cannot see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you always can hear her song.   With love to the memory of our sister, we are making a donation to our projects to further the education of more women.

Marlys Saltzer, President


Frances Dudley Alleman-Luce (1924-2001).

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The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation ( There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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