Joseph Allerton, 99

FULTON, NY – Joseph Allerton, 99, of Fulton, died peacefully in his home on Thursday August 9, 2018.

Joseph Allerton
Joseph Allerton

He was predeceased by his parents, Moses and Rebecca; his wife of 69 years, Muriel; son, Paul; and brother, George.

Joe was born in New York City on March 17, 1919, from his parents who were immigrants from Ireland.

He graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineer and earned his Ph.D. in the same from the University of Michigan.

He excelled and was given honorary memberships in Tau Beta Pi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi.

Joe was twice recruited to work on the Manhattan Project, which he contributed to for a number of years.

With his chemical engineering training and experience he worked in a variety of food related companies during which time much research was being conducted into developing new food products with innovative processes such as dehydration and freeze-drying technology.

From General Foods he joined the Nestle Company for approximately 20 years where he was manager of technical development.

In his active years, Joe enjoyed camping, fishing, photography, travel, exercise and boating.

He at one time was president of the Fulton Rotary, trustee of the Fulton YMCA, financial chairman of the State Street United Methodist Church, on the board of A. Lee Memorial Hospital and worked tirelessly to improve the quality of Lake Neatahwanta.

He truly loved music, was an active participant in the local sing-a-longs and took great pleasure in attending community music programs.

Surviving are his sons, Peter (Margo) and their daughter, Caelin, of Toronto, Steven (Jane) of Key West, daughter, Martha (Michael) of California; and brother, John (Lee) of Seattle.

He was also blessed with three nieces and a nephew, three step-grandchildren, and one step-great-granddaughter.

Services will be in September with notification forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fulton Music Association or State Street United Methodist Church are appreciated.

Foster Funeral Home, Fulton, has care of arrangements.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. We are saddened to hear of the passing of Joe.He was a true gentleman and a big part of our community We are so glad to have known him for so many years.

  2. Joe was simply a great man. Brilliant, cultured, community minded and exceedingly kind. Our community will miss him.

  3. Joe Allerton was a magnificent man. I’m sorry for all who mourn him most especially his family. He’s with his beloved Muriel and I’m sure she is keeping him busy in his new home. I wish I’d brought him more lemon meringue pies!

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