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Katherine Spicer Allen

Katherine Spicer Allen, American writer, former chemist. Ordained deacon Presbyterian Church, 2000. Named Somerset County Reach to Recovery Volunteer of Year, American Cancer Society, 1991; recipient service pins.


  • Allen, Katherine Spicer was born on April 29, 1919 in Plainfield, New Jersey, United States. Daughter of Arthur Joseph and Linda Varner (Morrison) Spicer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Delaware, 1942.


    • Library. assistant State Library., Dover, Delaware, summers 1936-1941. Typist University Delaware, Newark, 1940-1942. Chemist Esso Research Division, Bayway, Elizabeth, 1942-1946.

      Analyst Azoplate Corporation, Murray Hill, 1963-1967. Enumerator United States Census Bureau, Somerset County, 1980, 90. Contributing writer Bernardsville (New Jersey) News, from 1982.

    Major achievements

    • Ordained deacon Presbyterian Church, 2000.


    • Co-author: A History of the Presbyterian Church of Liberty Corner, 1837-1987, 1987, (booklet) Christian Education Goals and Objectives, 1991 (with others) Past and Present Lives of New Jersey Women, 1990.


    Member Bernards Township Local Assistance Board, 1972-1996, secretary, 1974-1989, chairman, 1990. Member Bernards Township Municipal Alliance, 1992-1996. Member Somerset County Republican Committee, 1972-1993.

    Member personnel committee Municipalities Committee Bernards Township, 1990-1993, member communications committee american Cancer Society, 1990-1994, volunteer Reach to Recovery, since 1985, Somerset County coordinator programs, 1987-1989. Ordained elder Presbyterian Church United States of America, 1980, ordained deacon, 2000. Member justice for women committee Elizabeth Presbytery, 1988-2000, member communications committee, 1992-1995, commissioner to Synod of Northeast, 1991, 92-93, member media committee 1988-1990, member nominating committee 1987-1992, vice chairperson 1990-1992, member search committee for associate executive 1993.

    President Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church Women's Association, 1973, 74, 84, church school teacher, 1952-1981, ruling elder, 1980-1982. Mission chair United Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, 1995-1997. Director Church Women United Somerset County, 1979-1981.

    State chairman Ecumenical Action, 1982-1983. Member Somerset County Breast Cancer Awareness Task Force, 1996-1997—. Member Plainfield Area Mission Group, 1998-1901.

    Member New Jersey Press Women (various awards for articles written in Bernardsville News).



    Cooking, computers, travel, reading, crosswords.


    • Married Carl Holley Allen, September 24, 1943. Children: Carl Holley, Junior, David Randolph, Katherine Allen Fehn, Linda Ruth Allen Taylor.
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    Died March, 2008
    (aged 88)
    • 1942
      University Del.
    • 1940 - 1942
      typist University Delaware
      Newark, Ohio, United States
    • 1942 - 1946
      chemist, Esso Research Division
      Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
    • 1963 - 1967
      analyst, Azoplate Corporation
    • 1980
      enumerator United States Census Bureau