Dr. Gladys M. Allen
SALISBURY — Dr. Gladys M. Allen, 89, died at home in Salisbury on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. She was born in Jorhat, Assam, India, where her parents, Walter Kendall and Beulah Nock Allen, were missionaries for the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. Her father died in India in 1925 and Gladys came to the United States with her mother and sister, Florence-Byrd Allen Cooper. Her sister died in 2011.
Gladys started school at the Campus Elementary School of the Normal School in Salisbury, now Salisbury University. When she was 8 years old, her mother accepted a position with the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society to teach the elementary children in what was then Burma, at the American School for Missionary Children in Taunggyi, Burma. In October 1931, with her mother and sister, she returned to the Orient. She attended the school where her mother taught for four years.
She and her sister attended high school at Woodstock School in Landour, Mussoorie, in India, for two years. In 1938, she returned to America where she completed high school and graduated in 1940 from Lackey High School in Indian Head, Md. She completed the pre-med course in University of Maryland College Park in 1943, in the war time accelerated program, and graduated from the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore in 1947.
The following year she was an intern at the hospital of the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From 1948 to 1952, she was a resident specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at the associated Women's Hospital of Philadelphia. In early 1953, she returned to the land of her birth as a medical missionary for the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society. For five years she worked at the mission hospital in Gauhati in Assam, India, where at times she was the only doctor.
In 1959, Gladys established a private practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Salisbury, which she continued until 1974 when she became a public health officer in Wicomico County. In 1976, she became the chief public health officer in Somerset County. She continued this position until 1986 when she retired.
She had been a member of Quota Club since 1959 and a member of Allen Memorial Baptist Church for most of her life, teaching Sunday school classes and working on many committees. Her medical memberships included the Wicomico County Medical Society, Medical and Chirurgical Society of Maryland and Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
A funeral service will be held at Allen Memorial Baptist Church on Friday at 11 a.m. A visitation and viewing will be held from 10:30-11- a.m. Burial will be in Parsons Cemetery in Salisbury. The Rev. Dr. William Warren Jr. will officiate. A luncheon will follow the committal at Allen Memorial Baptist Church.
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