Salute to a
— Longtime Auburn dentist, Frank Allan Duncan, Jr., died Wednesday,
2014, at his home in Auburn, at the age of 90.
Duncan moved to Auburn in the summer of 1953, and immediately opened
practice in downtown Auburn at the age of 29. "I helped him that first
day," his wife Sigrid, who predeceased him, recalled later. "We were
jubilant, and took in $7 in cash, which we framed.
maintained dental offices at 106 N. Cedar Street in downtown Auburn and
practiced with Dr. Gina DeWald and the DeWald Northeast Dental Group at
Smith Drive in Auburn until he retired from the practice of dentistry
in 2013 at
the age of 89.
Allan Duncan, Jr. was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1923 to Frank A.
and Altha (Straube) Duncan. In 1930, the family settled in South Bend,
where he attended elementary school and graduated from James Whitcomb
High School in 1941.After
graduation from high school, he worked for the Underwood Elliott Fisher
of South Bend in the typewriter and adding machine service department
remained there until starting his undergraduate education at Kalamazoo
in Kalamazoo, Michigan. in 1942.
Kalamazoo College education was interrupted by World War II. He
enlisted in theUnited
States Navy from
1942 through 1946,
attaining the rank of Ensign. He was trained at the United States Naval
Midshipman's School at Notre Dame, Indiana. and at the U.S. Naval
School at Newport, Rhode Island. He served on the original
on the bridge of the USS Steinaker (DD-863) as a navigator and torpedo
World War II ended, he returned to Kalamazoo College, graduating in
1947 with a
B.S. degree in chemistry. He attended Northwestern
School in Chicago
from 1947-1951, and graduated in 1951 with the degree of Doctor of
Science. On June 17, 1950, he married his Kalamazoo College sweetheart,
former Sigrid J. Nelson of Berkley, Michigan.
the Navy's senior dental program had no openings at the time of the
resigned his commission as a Naval officer and joined the United
States Air Force,
where he served as a dentist in the Air Force's Medical Corps during
War from 1951-1953. He was first stationed with the 142nd Tactical
at O'Hare Air Force Base, near Chicago. Dr. Duncan described the area
as O'Hare International Airport as "a wheat field for as far as you
see," during the time he was stationed there.In
May of 1952, while still serving in the Air Force, Dr. Duncan was
Itazuki Air Force Base, near Fukuoka, Japan, on Kyushu Island, the
island in Japan. While stationed there, Dr. Duncan treated men who had
wounded in the Korean War, and he produced a film of civilian life in
Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the rank of
1953, he moved to Auburn with his wife, Sigrid (Nelson) Duncan and
1-year-old daughter, Ann. He set up his private dental practice
he remained in active practice until his retirement in 2013. Dr. Duncan
appointed to the Indiana Board of Dental Examiners by former Indiana
Bowen, serving in that position from 1975 to 1982. Dr. Duncan was an
member of the Isaac Knapp District Dental Association for 60 years, of
was president in 1959 and 1960, where he was awarded the honor of
a Trustee of the Indiana State Dental Association, served on the Board
Directors of the DeKalb County Board of Health, the Board of the Auburn
of Commerce, and for several years was Secretary of the Board of
the Auburn Young Men's Christian Association. He
was also a member, deacon and elder of the Auburn Presbyterian Church,
Auburn Lions Club, and the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #1978.
Dr. Duncan was the son of Frank Allan Duncan, Sr., who died in 1958,
(Straube) Duncan, formerly of Auburn, who died in 1979. Dr. Duncan's
Sigrid Juanita (Nelson) Duncan, died in 2000. They were the parents of
surviving children: Ann (Harry) Kneifel, of Martinsville, Indiana, Jon
(Patricia Kelly), of Glenview, Illinois, and Julie (William) Heimach,
Auburn. His sister, Alice Akin, of Grand Haven, Michigan, also
Dr. Duncan was predeceased by two half-sisters, Eleanor (Martin)
Virginia (Russ) Whiteman, both of California. He has four surviving
grandchildren, Joshua (Kate) Kneifel of Carmel, Indiana, Nathan Kneifel
Aspen, Colorado, Zachary Heimach of Louisville, Kentucky, and Nikolas
of Auburn. He has two surviving great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Kneifel
Carmel, Indiana, and Kai Kneifel, of Carmel, Indiana.
Dr. Duncan was a sixth generation descendant of Revolutionary War
Samuel Duncan (his 3rd great grandfather), who served as a field
surgeon in the
Massachusetts Militia. He was also a direct descendant of six
crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Europe in 1620 aboard the Mayflower.
the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, he was a descendant of
Pilgrims Degory Priest, Francis Cooke, Isaac Allerton, Allerton's wife
Allerton and their daughters, Remember Allerton and Mary Allerton.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at the
Presbyterian Church, 111 W. 12th St., Auburn, with the Rev. Lyle Ewing
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday prior to the
Memorials may be directed to the Auburn Presbyterian Church, St.
Garrett or the Hoosier Air Museum in rural Auburn.