A private funeral for Delegate Aris T. Allen, who died Friday i an apparent suicide, has been planned for Wednesday by his family.
The public is invited to visit from noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hicks Funeral Home, 1922 Forest Drive in Annapolis, where the family plan to be present from 7 to 8 p.m.
Dr. Allen, who was 80, broke racial barriers through careers in medicine and politics.
He was the first black person in Anne Arundel County to win election to the legislature, serving two terms in the House of Delegates and three years in the Senate, and the first of his race to win nomination to statewide office in 1978 as the running mate of Republican gubernatorial candidate J. Glenn Beall Jr.
A former state Republican Party chairman, Dr. Allen returned to the legislature after an eight-year absence by winning election last fall to his old 30th District seat.
Dr. Allen is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dr. Faye Watson Allen; two sons, Aris T. Allen Jr. of Washington and Lonnie W. Allen of Annapolis; a brother, Lonnie Allen ofHouston, Texas; and four grandchildren.
The family suggested that donations be made to Morgan State University.