Dr. Fred Huntley Allen, Jr.

February 3, 2022

CHARLOTTE – A kind gracious gentle soul has left us.  Fred Huntley Allen, Jr. passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022.  He was born on October 29, 1934 in Wadesboro, NC to the late Fred Huntley Allen and Margaret Hardin Allen.

Fred was a graduate of Davidson College (1955) and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.  After internships and residencies at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University he graduated from the Neurological Institute of Columbia.  While in New York he met Gretchen VanAusdal, his luv.  They married in 1964, moving to Charlotte the end of that year to begin his neurology practice.  He served in the United States Army (1968-70) finishing as Chief of Outpatient Neurology at Walter Reed Army Hospital.  Upon returning home he founded Carolina Neurological Clinic bringing Army colleagues to Charlotte.   Fred was active on the clinical boards of the American Academy of Neurology and was a founding member of the Southern Clinical Neurological Society. Throughout his practice he had a passion for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Fred served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association receiving the Louise Martin award for service.  He conducted one of the original drug trials for Aricept and contributed to research at Duke University that identified the APOE gene as a risk for early onset Alzheimer’s. 

Fred was a Deacon at Myers Park Baptist Church, served on boards of the Association for the Blind and Shepherd’s Center and worked tirelessly for MedAssist funding in its early days.   Supporting his children’s activities was his joy.  He was an assistant scoutmaster at Christ Church having been an Eagle Scout himself.  Fred never missed his children’s games or performances at Country Day and was a Boosters Club co-chair.

Fred and Gretchen moved to Southminster Retirement Community in 2014 and his positivity was seen by all he met.  As dementia took his cognition his granddaughter, Adele became his biggest buddy. 

In addition to his wife Fred is survived by his three children, Fred “Hunt” Huntley Allen III and his wife, Emily, William “Will” VanAusdal Allen and his wife, Becky and Margaret “Lucy” Lucille Allen Chapman and her husband, Andrew; grandchildren Cody Elizabeth Allen, Alexandra Grace Allen, Louis Huntley Allen, and Adele Grace Chapman.  Also surviving are his sister, Nancy “Missy” Elizabeth Brown and her husband, Henry and numerous very special nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews.  Fred was predeceased by his brother, James Hardin Allen and sister-in-law, Ruth Allen.

The family is eternally grateful for the compassionate care of Dr. Charles Edwards and his staff and for all the staff at Southminster. 

A memorial service for Fred will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Myers Park Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Fred to Memory and Movement Center Charlotte, 300 Billingsley Road, Ste. 108, Charlotte, NC 28211 or Southminster Community Fund, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 or a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

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  • Bill and Kim Fulker

    Dear Gretchen, Hunt, Will, Lucy and families,
    We just want you to know how much we love and respect your husband/your Dad/my uncle. What a wonderful, kind and accomplished man.As a kid, it was always a real treat when Gretchen and Fred came to visit---almost like a vacation for the Fulker kids! Fred (and Gretchen also) had a way of making you feel really good about yourself---always positive and encouraging---your biggest fan and supporter! Fred had many special gifts, but his genuine kindness and caring is what stands out most to me.
    We are very sorry that Fred has passed and offer our deep sympathy. At the same time, we feel very fortunate to have had such a fine man play such a big role in our lives.
    Much love to all,
    Bill and Kim Fulker

  • Eugene Benjamin

    I have very fond memories of Dr. Fred Allen. He was one of my favorite people in the Charlotte medical community when I lived there. We were Neurology colleagues, and in retrospect I should have accepted his kind offer to join his practice those many years ago, but I joined another group at the time. Nonetheless our paths crossed frequently as we remained friends and colleagues. He was a kind, wise and gentle soul, of very calm temperament which I thought unusual for a Neurologist faced with the daily stresses of Neurological practice during those days. I send my condolences and prayers for comfort to his wife Gretchen and family members.

  • Melinda Kiser Beardsworth

    I had the honor of working with Dr Allen at Carolina Neurological for 20 years. He was the most gracious caring man. I have thought of him many times through the years. Sending prayers for Gretchen and his children ??

  • Ruth Burts & Tony Dick

    Grateful to God for the life and service of Fred. Sending much love to Gretchen and Hunt, Will and Lucy and family!!
    Ruth Burts and Tony Dick
    Charlotte, NC

  • Kay Dumas

    I served with Dr. Allen on the original Alzheimer’s Board. I have had family members with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He contributed so much,! My thoughts are with the family! Kay Dumas

  • Steven Putman MD

    I was deeply honored to be a partner of Fred's at the Carolina Neurological Clinic since 1984. Fred was a kind, gracious,hard working and caring man who represented the best of our profession. It was a sign of pride to be a member of "Fred Allen's Group" as he left his mark on the growing neuroscience community in Charlotte. Sue and I send our love,prayers and deepest condolences to Fred's wonderful wife Gretchen and the rest of his beautiful family. His impact will long be rembered, as indeed his was a life well lived.

  • Frances Furr

    Hunt, Will and Lucy I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember visiting your home growing up and your parents always so happy to see us. Your dad’s smile always lite the room up.