Remembering Leone G. “Lee” Allen, CPCU

Ten years ago, Lee Allen, one of the founders of Soule Allen Insurance, passed away. Lee was a true insurance pioneer, a trailblazer and role model for the many women business leaders who followed her. After Soule Allen was sold to Noyes & Chapman, and Blake, Hall & Sprague Insurance combined to form a new business, we chose to remember Lee’s great contributions to our business and our industry by continuing her name on the masthead.

Lee Allen remains an inspiration to those of us who knew her, and is fondly remembered by many clients, South Portland citizens, and insurance professionals throughout New England.

Here is a reprint of Lee’s obituary; a very brief list of the many acccomplishments of  a remarkable woman.


SO. PORTLAND – Leone G. ‘Lee’ Allen, 72, of Wescott Road, So.Portland, died Thursday, December 13, 2001 at her residence.She was born in Prentiss, Maine, a daughter of Laurence and Bernice Lindsay Averill.She attended Prentiss Schools and graduated in 1946 as an Honor Student from Bangor High School, and attended the University of Maine Evening School.
In 1961, she became the first woman in Maine to receive a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Designation.Mrs. Allen was the co-owner and Treasurer with William Soule of Soule Allen Insurance in So. Portland.
Mrs. Allen also received numerous awards including, ‘Insurance Woman of the Year’ in 1967; Governor’s Highway Safety Award in 1967 for Defensive Driving Activities, Maine Truck Owners Safety Award in 1970 for ‘Outstanding service in the Field of Highway Safety’, ‘New England Insurance Agent of the Year’ in 1979 for the contribution to the insurance industry and the community, ‘professional insurance Agents of Maine 1993 Agent of the Year’ which was for outstanding leadership and dedication to the insurance industry and the independent agency community.This year the Maine Chapter of CPCU 2001 Award was renamed in her honor, The Lee Allen Presidents Award for Excellence.
Mrs. Allen is survived by a sister Beverly Smart of Kennebunk, Maine, a brother Laurence Averill of West Palm Beach, Florida, several nieces and nephews; and her longtime business associate of 30 years, William R Soule of So. Portland.