2015-11-16 / Obituaries

Geneive L. Allee, 95


Geneive L. Allee Geneive L. Allee Geneive L. Allee, age 95, of New Jersey, formerly of Spencer, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. She was born November 26, 1919, in Owen County, daughter of Lincoln and Floy (Cradick) Allee. At the age of nine she was afflicted by a bone disease, osteomyelitis, and had to spend months in Riley Hospital. The disease settled in her hip and part of the joint had to be removed and replaced by an immovable steel ball. Although the operation healed completely and no recurrence of the disease happened, she was left with a stiff hip and scoliosis of the spine.

She graduated from Quincy High School in 1938 and took an accounting course at Indiana Business College. After working in entry level jobs in Indianapolis, she enrolled at Purdue University in West Lafayette as an engineering student and worked evenings at Deac’s Bookstore. After she completed her freshman year, RCA hired her and financed her training at Purdue, along with many other women, to become engineering drafting aides needed to replace men who were being called up for military service in World War II.

After she had worked in the RCA Advanced Development in Indianapolis for a year, the whole department was transferred to the plant in Camden, New Jersey. While working in Camden, she went to night school at Temple University, Philadelphia, majoring in mathematics. The University of Pennsylvania, to which she applied, would not accept women in their undergraduate engineering classes at the time. She graduated from Temple in 1955.

While working at RCA, she worked on many interesting projects, mostly involving optical systems. She spent much time in a laboratory making experimental setups and testing optical systems and doing extensive calculations and drawings of proposed systems. Some of the projects were the design of optics for color television cameras, theater television projectors, imaging systems for surveillance aircraft, the lunar landing vehicle, supermarket scanner, post office sorting equipment, and Chinese typewriter.

After she retired in 1986 from RCA, she worked during tax seasons for H&R Block for nine years. She enjoyed reading, photography, and working number and word puzzles. She was a member of the Haddonfield Presbyterian Church for sixty years, taking part in Circle meetings and some volunteer work.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Janet Howell, Barbara Nance, Teresa Terrell, Mary Ann Peterson, Elizabeth Fancher, Marjorie Manifold, Arthur Cohee, Steven Truax, Nancy Matkins, Sharon Campbell, Rhonda Farmer, John Truax, Jacquie Truax.

She was preceded by her sisters, Dorothy Cohee, Ruth Foltz, Margaret Truax-Soots, and infant Esther.

Funeral services will be held at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Burial will follow at Mannan Cemetery in Morgan County. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.westparrishpedigo.com.

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