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Frederick Thompson James Allsup ’39

Published in June 2, 1993, issue

FRED DIED of heart failure Feb. 24, 1993, only three months after the death of his wife, Margaret. In retirement, they lived in Hamburg, NJ., where Fred made himself available for pulpit supply in the tristate area, and he and Margaret worked as a team delivering Meals on Wheels and caring for their lifetime collection of transparencies of Western religious art, on which they frequently lectured. To their daughter Catherine we offer our sincere sympathy.

Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, Conn., for 23 years, Fred served the surrounding community in many ways. He was named police chaplain of Bridgeport and received the Knights Templar Cross of Honor (Connecticut).

Fred recalled our 1974 Class trip, when he conducted a brief service of worship while standing in the aisle of a bus carrying classmates and families from Stratfordon-Avon to Wales, the bus bucking and pitching over high-crowned roads, producing an odd quaver in his vocal delivery. "The '39ers applauded my sermon," he recalled, "the first and last time any congregation applauded one of my homilies." Not quite. One last time we applaud our old friend for his good life of helping others as the catechism says "to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever,"

The Class of 1939

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