Albertina Allen Forrest


She is noted for having Crown Hill’s most striking piece of funerary art, but Albertina accomplished much more in her short life.

She completed her doctoral work in English at the University of Chicago before moving to Indianapolis when her husband got a teaching position at Butler University. Though never officially a teacher there, she did give summer courses in philosophy and reorganized the girls’ dormitory, becoming the school’s most “enthusiastic supporter.” As a church worker, she also helped form and served as the first president of the Church Women United, the first interdenominational religious organization in Indiana. Sadly, she died of a cerebral hemorrhage just short of her 32nd birthday.

Burial: Section 25, Lot 230; GPS (39.8186698, -86.1703913)