|Birth: ||Apr. 22, 1911|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1983|
New York, USA
The Rev. Allen C. Best, long-time summer resident of Pocasset, died yesterday at his home in North Syracuse, N.Y. He was 72.
He was the North Falmouth Congregational Church's oldest living, retired minister and organizer of the church's "Hundred Day Miracle" building fund campaign that began last July 4.
Born in Cleveland, N.Y. on April 22, 1911, Dr. Best spent most of his adult life on college campuses. He received his A.B. degree from Syracuse University and his bachelor of Sacred Theology and Ph.D. degrees from Boston University.
After a brief stay as pastor of the South Easton Congregational Church, he went to Cornell University in 1942 to be director of the Wesley Foundation and stayed for 16 years. He also worked at Alfred University and Greenboro College before returning to Syracuse University in 1962, where he worked as a member of a fund-raising team that raised more than $300 million for educational, religious and charitable causes.
Known to his friends as "Rusty" Dr. Best was pastor at the North Falmouth Congregational Church from 1936 to 1942 while he did graduate work at Boston University.
In 1938 he married Elizabeth Papp, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Papp of North Falmouth. His lifelong love of the Cape brought him back summer after summer to his cottage on Tideway Drive in Pocasset.
His dossier of community activities covers pages and includes such organizations as Rotary, Rescue Mission, Literacy Volunteers and numerous scholarship organizations.
Dr. Best was an avid fisherman and enjoyed digging for clams.
"His love was the outdoors." the Rev. Calvin T. Wright, pastor of the North Falmouth Congregational Church said.
Dr. Best's favorite project during the last year of his life was helping the North Falmouth Congregational Church raise money for its building project. He volunteered to run the "Hundred Day Miracle" campaign after hearing about it in church. A 15-member committee helped him.
In addition to his wife, Dr. Best is survived by two children, Janet E. and Stephen H., both of Utica, N.Y.
A funeral service will be held Sunday at 2 P.M. at the North Falmouth Congregational Church, Mr. Wright officiating. A memorial service will be held March 20 at 2 P.M. at Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University.
Harry Eugene Best (1888 - 1968)
Alta M. Drum Best (1890 - 1977)
Elizabeth Papp Best (1911 - 2006)*
North Falmouth Burying Ground
Created by: Charlet Roskovics
Record added: Oct 14, 2012
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