IN MEMORIAM: Patricia Allen Wall

by Jane Ahrens

Patricia Allen Wall died peacefully at the age of 91 on December 31, 2014 in Birmingham, Michigan. Her family was at her side. She led a full and wonderful life overflowing with love and joy.

Patricia Allen was born on May 10, 1923 in Hartford, CT, daughter of Walter B. Allen and Leslie Hart Fenn, of Hartford and Fishers Island, NY. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School and later worked in New York City. During the Second World War served as a nurse’s aid.

In 1947, Patty married Hally Peter Wall (1923-2000), from New York and Southampton, at St, John’s Church, Fishers Island, NY. They raised their family in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, moving later to Princeton, NJ and Beaufort, SC.

Patricia, affectionately known by all as Patty, had a great enthusiasm for life, most especially the outdoors, music and tennis. As a girl she played tennis at Hay Harbor, and later at the Fishers Island Club. She was a great tournament player, and her homes were graced with various trophies from her tennis career. She loved singing and was a member of the St. John’s choir in Cold Spring Harbor, and performed locally in several musicals, most notably Amal and the Night Visitors.


The coastal landscapes and seascapes of Cold Spring Harbor, Beaufort and Fishers Island were especially dear to her. As a child, a young bride, mother, and later into old age, the experience of the ferry, the life of the town green, the beaches and the summer magic of Fishers Island were for her an elixir. Throughout her life, she enjoyed a social life with a wide circle of friends encompassing a great joie de vivre.

Patricia Allen Wall is survived by her three children, Alex Wall of Charlottesville VA, Anne Wall of Delray Beach, FL, Amy Nelson of Birmingham, MI, and four grandchildren, Eliza, Peter, Henry and Jack.

A memorial service will take place at St. John’s Church, Fishers Island, NY, on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patty’s memory may be made to the Fishers Island Community Center, P.O. Box 464, Fishers Island, NY 06390 and St. John’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 505, Fishers Island, NY 06390.

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USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay. Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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