Frank Allison, the Collegiate Recovery Initiatives Coordinator at UNC, died unexpectedly from a heart attack on Aug. 12 at the age of 52.
Allison worked at the Student Wellness center and Carolina Recovery Program as a clinical addictions counselor, mentoring students in their recovery journeys.
“There’s no way to capture this in print, but he had the best and loudest voice I’ve ever heard and the best and loudest laugh I’ve ever heard,” said 2018 UNC graduate Morgan Vickers, recalling the most salient characteristics of her former mentor. “I think the balance between his loud voice and his kind and gentle heart was a really funny dichotomy."
Vickers connected with Allison when she was directed to Student Wellness for a recovery program. As a counselor, Allison lead addiction recovery groups on campus and met one-on-one with students who were in active recovery during their time at UNC.
Before becoming an addictions counselor, Allison owned a successful business. He struggled with substance use himself before beginning his recovery journey in May 2006. After expressing a desire to return the help he had received during his struggle with substance use, Allison came to UNC to complete his bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in social work. Allison graduated from the UNC School of Social Work in May 2018.