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MANCHESTER -- Allyn French, 81, of Manchester, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007. She was born in Washington, D.C. on March 8, 1925, the daughter of Allen T. and Alice L. (Summers) Sparrow. She was raised in the Norfolk and Richmond, Va., areas. She attended Columbia University in New York City from 1943 to 1944. She married Richard M. French in New York City on July 25, 1964.

She became a radio and off-Broadway actress in New York City in 1943. From 1952 to 1957 she was responsible for the planning, coordinating and writing of all special features for “The Richard Willis Show” on WNBT-TV. In 1957 she went to work for Faberge Perfumes and Cosmetics where she was the director of advertising, promotions and publicity until 1967. In 1969 she and Richard relocated to Dutchess County, N.Y., where she owned and operated “The Right Touch,” a gift and decorative accessory store, in Pawling for 7 years. They moved to Manchester in 1984.

She was a painter specializing in watercolors and had exhibited at the Coastal Center for the Arts on St. Simons Island in Georgia, the Cloister on Sea Island, The Dragon Point Gallery in Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., and the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester. She was a volunteer at Hildene and the Southern Vermont Art Center and a board member of the Manchester Historical Society. She initiated and implemented the popular “village walks” from the Equinox Hotel. She is survived by her husband, Richard, of Manchester.

At her request, there will be no services at this time. Memorial donations may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter in care of Brewster Funeral Service, PO Box 885, Manchester, VT 05255. Personal e-mail condolences may be sent to the family by visiting http://www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 24, 2007
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