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Katherine Spicer Allen

chemist , writer

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.


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.


  • Ordained deacon Presbyterian Church, 2000.


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).


  • Other Interests

    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.