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Richard P Wallace Esq.September 15, 2011
Troy - Richard P. Wallace Esq., 70, of Brunswick Hills died on September 15, 2011, at Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness. Dick was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and colleague.
Born in Troy, NY, he was son of the late Dr. Donald F. Wallace and Jane Powell Wallace. He was predeceased by Elizabeth Allen Wallace, his wife of 41 years. He was remarried in 2007 and is survived by his wife, June Pollak Wallace.
Survivors in addition to his wife include his son, Stephen (Meredith) Wallace, Bedford, NY and their children Andrew, Brooks and Tucker Wallace; daughter Lee Wallace (partner Rachel Speck), Minneapolis, MN; and son Scott Wallace, Portland, ME; stepson Brian (Ning) Pollak , Fort Lee, NJ and their children Anara, Richard and Henry Pollak; and stepdaughter Leah (Jason) Abel, West Bloomfield, MI and their children Jack, Emmy and Alex Abel; a brother, James (Sally) Wallace, Urbana, IL, niece Amy Wallace-Havens, Florence, AZ, great nieces Lydia and Sally James Havens. He was predeceased by nephew David Foster Wallace.
Dick resided in the Troy area most of his life and was a graduate of Albany Academy, Brown University and Albany Law School. After graduation, he clerked for the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division and then served as Assistant District Attorney in Rensselaer County from 1970-71. He joined what was to become the law firm of Martin, Shudt, Wallace, DiLorenzo and Johnson where he worked for four decades, ultimately serving as managing partner. Dick practiced in the areas of trusts and estates, health care, corporate and not-for-profit law. He was an active member of the New York State Bar Association, serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section and co-chair of the Committee on Charitable Organizations. He was also an elected member of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. Early in his career Dick taught a law course at Emma Willard School.
Dick's lifelong dedication to the Capital District and to service is reflected in his board membership and leadership in dozens of community and philanthropic groups. He chaired or was president of the boards of many local organizations, including Northeast Health Foundation; Eddy Visiting Nurse Association; The Albany Academy; Troy Public Library Foundation; New York State Museum Institute; Twin Rivers Council of Boy Scouts of America; Troy Youth Hockey Association; Rotary Club of Troy; and The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
His other board memberships included Northeast Health; Herold Charitable Trust; President's Council at the Sage Colleges; Independent School Chairperson's Association; Troy Downtown Council; Oakwood Cemetery; Troy Commission on the Waterfront; Historic Troy 2020, Inc.; Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region; the Fort Orange Club; and The Country Club of Troy.
Dick was the recipient of many awards including the Russell A. Taylor Award from the New York State Bar Association, the Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award from the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, the Founder's Award from Northeast Health Foundation and the Albany Academy Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dick was a loyal friend and counselor to many, always willing to lend his time, his heart and a patient ear. Among his family, he will be remembered and missed for his unwavering love, sense of humor and enthusiasm for life.
Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service which will be held Saturday October 1st at 10AM at St. John's Episcopal Church, 146 First Street in Troy, NY. A private family interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery Troy.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Eddy Visiting Nurse Association, 433 River Street, Troy, NY 12180 or The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180.