Kitty Bond Allen is a life-long Baltimorean whose parents and grandparents have all been members of Grace Church. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Grace and her children baptized here. Kitty is the mother of three and grandmother of five, sadly none of whom live locally but not that far away if needed. An alumna of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) with a degree in English writing, she met her husband Malcolm while working in promotion and public relations at the Baltimore News Post.
She was hired by Dr. F. Norman Van Brunt as Grace’s part-time financial secretary in April 1979 and was promoted to church secretary, administrative secretary and finally administrative assistant in 1984. These were pre-computer days and she typed bulletins and Grace Notes on an IBM Selectric typewriter. Her introduction to a computer was at Grace member, John Dempster’s office where she entered the congregational mailing list so we could print labels from metal plates.
When her husband was in the last stages of cancer, at Bruce Eicher’s suggestion, she retired from the Grace office to take a position as administrative assistant to the Dean of the Peabody Conservatory which offered good benefits (Peabody is a division of Johns Hopkins University) where she stayed for 15 years.
When she reached Medicare-eligible age, wishing to take on a lesser work load, she became administrative assistant to the Director of Spiritual Support Services at GBMC where she stayed another 15 years.
She retired yet again when elected vice president of the Residents’ Association at Edenwald Senior Living so that she could become actively involved in the myriad of committees and activities her new role required. Kitty is now in her second and final year as president of the RA, very active in the life of that retirement community.
She has always had a part-time job or two, some paid, others volunteer, as a proofreader for Waverly Press, Hopkins Press, the Aspen Institute, and as editor of newsletters for the Loch Raven Village Associates, the Baltimore Symphony Associates, the Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and creating program books for the Baltimore Symphony Decorators’/Designers’ Showhouses. And she has continued editing our print newsletter, Grace Notes now for 42 years.
During the 150th year celebration of this church, she wrote the second volume of Grace’s history from 1951-2018. Kitty sang in the alto section of the Chancel Choir for 37 years, and upon retirement, the Kitty Allen French Horn stop was added to the organ. She served as chair of the Church Council, twice chair of the Board of Trustees – the first time becoming the first woman in that role, one that her grandfather had held. The second time was for 12 years encompassing two capital fund campaigns, meeting weekly with architects in the
renovation/redecoration of the sanctuary, then the education building. As Trustee chair, her name is on the bill of sale when Grace sold the merged Wilson Memorial Church building to Johns Hopkins to serve as its interfaith center.
Among her passions are music (choral, sacred and classical), watching tennis, Orioles and Ravens, and visits from her family.