IN MEMORIAM: Frederic Alling ‘55


The Rev. Dr. Frederic A. Alling, Class of 1955, died on October 22, 2018 at the age of 88.

Born in Newark, NJ on May 8, 1930, Alling graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1952 with majors in Philosophy and Religion, before completing his studies at General. After his ordination in 1955, he served as Curate at Christ Church, Teaneck, NJ until 1956, and then as supply clergy in the Diocese of Newark until 1961.

Alling then entered Columbia University, from which he received his Physicians and Surgeons, MD and MS degree in Social Psychiatry in 1969. He served as an Attending Psychiatrist at Harlem Hospital (1969-72), Medical Director of the Institutes of Religion and Health (1972-77) and a Senior Attending Psychiatrist at St. Lukes Hospital, NYC and became Director of Substance Abuse in-patient services (1977-95), as well as maintaining a private practice of psychiatry for many years. He published many journal articles and wrote the book Brief Flights: Transcendent Experiences.

After retiring to Marblehead, Alling volunteered at a psychiatric clinic in Lynn, where he worked primarily with Cambodian refugees. His ministry in life was to treat patients with substance abuse, volunteer with the homeless and provide service to patients in his private practice. He always enjoyed sailing from his youth into his eighties.

Alling is survived by Martha, his wife of 62 years; three daughters and sons-in-law, Wendy and John Judy, Helen and Stuart Westland and Frances and Chris Tully; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Stearly Holt and five nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Susan Miller, brother Wilson Alling and niece Heidi Willis.

A Memorial Service was held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead MA on November 10, 2018.