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 Louise <I>Richardson</I> Allen

Louise Richardson Allen

Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Death 7 Jun 2008 (aged 91)
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Burial Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
Plot Section 17 Block 296 Grave 3
Memorial ID 77647056 · View Source
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Known as Atlanta's first lady in the 1960s when her husband was mayor, she was the youngest of four children of Hugh and Josephine Inman Richardson. She was born at her grandmother's home on West Peachtree St. She grew up at "Broadlands", the family home off West Paces Ferry Rd. In 1951, she and her husband built their home on the same property.

She attended Rosemary Hall (Connecticut) and Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY). She was presented to Queen Mary and Edward Prince of Wales in 1935. She married Ivan Allen, Jr, on January 1, 1936, at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. They were the parents of three sons.

Louise served as the president of the Junior League of Atlanta during WW II, and started the charitable event, Fashionata, in conjuction with Rich's Department Stores. She was a trustee of the Henrietta Egleston Children's Hospital, a founder of the Atlanta Speech School, a founding trustee of the Westminster Schools, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Forward Arts Foundation, the Cherokee Garden Library, and the Historic Oakland Foundation.

She was the state Historian of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia. She was a trustee for the Atlanta Historical Society, and later served as chairman and chairman emeritus. She convinced the Atlanta Historical Society to purchase the home of her late aunt and uncle, Edward and Emily Inman, called The Swan House, where the Historical Society now has its headquarters. Some of her projects there included organizing the restoration of the grounds, and procurring the Tullie Smith farmhouse and having it relocated there.

For all her efforts on behalf of Atlanta, she was recognized numerous times with various honors and awards.

Information gleaned from the obituary published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from June 9 to June 10, 2008

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 77647056
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louise Richardson Allen (12 Jan 1917–7 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77647056, citing Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by L Ferree (contributor 47116659) .