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Prof. James Wallace [education 1966–72]

Prof. Wallace was born in New Hampshire, and  went to Earlham College, where he met his first wife, Norma Autenrieth. The couple had four children. He earned his master of arts degree from Haverford in 1953, worked for the American Friends Service Committee in Mexico and Chico, and taught school in New Jersey and New Hampshire. In 1966, he earned his PhD in education from Harvard, and moved his family to Oregon to teach at Reed. He made rich friendships during his time at the college, and went on to work for the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Following that, he had a long and fulfilling career as a professor at Lewis & Clark. A committed citizen, administrator, teacher, writer, and scholar, he did his best to live by William James’ instruction: “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

Wallace is survived by his wife, Mary Guenther; his sister, Ruth Sugarman; daughter, Tina Tau; son, Richard Wallace; and stepdaughter, Anna (Lila) Guenther; He was predeceased by daughters Kathryn Cramer and Barbara Conde.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2017

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