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Dr. Robert Nathan Wallace M.D.

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Dr. Robert Nathan Wallace, M.D. passed away on Sunday July 22, 2012. ""Bob"" was born on October 8, 1922, in Appleton City, Mo., and raised in Ava, Mo., in the heart of the Ozarks, the second son of Joseph Sebastian Wallace and Mattie Adams Wallace. Bob and his older brother Sam loved visiting their Uncle George and Aunt Mary at the farm in Appleton City during summers off from school. He attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri in 1945. He received his Medical Degree from Washington University, St. Louis Missouri in 1947. Accepting a residency in Radiology at San Joaquin Hospital in French Camp, Calif. in July 1947, he met his future wife, June Catherine Holcomb. They married April 24, 1948, in Reno, Nev., and continued to live at the Hospital until completing medical residency. They lived in hospital housing and had a $90/month resident's salary. A rare treat was a game of golf. The Stockton Golf Club had a standing offer of a case of Wheaties for anyone scoring a 'hole-in-one'. A novice golfer, Bob drilled a hole-in-one and has been awaiting delivery of the case of Wheaties since. It would have helped with the food budget in those days. Upon completion of medical residency he was commissioned in the US Navy as a Medical Officer serving during the Korean War from January 1951 to January 1953. On his discharge as a Lieutenant (jg), Bob and June moved to Chico, where Bob worked at Enloe Hospital.Dr. Robert Ayers, the first radiologist in the Yuba-Sutter area, invited Bob to join him in a radiology practice in Marysville in 1953.Their partnership flourished and they founded "" Bi-County Radiology,"" thereafter re-named ""Sutter Buttes Imaging."" He was a long time active member of Yuba City Rotary Club, serving in many capacities. It was a cherished commitment, as was his involvement with the Shriner's and Shriner's Hospital for Children. As a member of the local ""Yuba-Sutter Medical Society,"" he served as regional President and served at the state level in many capacities. He presided on the Board of Yuba Community College and supported the development of the Radiology Technology Program at the college. Music was always in the background. He played the tuba, loved Dixieland jazz, Count Basie and Duke Ellington and played in the 'white hot' Rotary Club of Yuba City Jazz Band, playing under the stage name of "" Wild Cat "" Wallace…… alongside Norm ""Polecat"" Piner, Bob ""Dirty"" Hanke, Wendell ""Hot Lips"" Humphrey , Alan ""Slide"" Searles, Ira ""Bones"" McKay, Jack ""Cannonball"" Carlin, Ed ""Fingers"" Manwell and Nonie Crawford. They say ""he played a red hot Tuba."" He played an athletic, and highly competitive, game of tennis… his tennis partners, and foes, thought ""Wild Cat"" was an appropriate moniker for his tennis nom-de-guerre, as well. The great outdoors was his special retreat. Bob was an avid outdoorsman and traveler. They were his passion. He hunted and fished throughout Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, British Columbia, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina and Texas with many fine friends… and when in the area, hunted at his Shady Oaks Ranch with his great friend, and sidekick, Bob Lansdon…… and taught his grandchildren to shoot and hunt at Shady Oaks. An avid sports fan, a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan and an adopted San Francisco Giants and Niners fan, he and June watched, or listened, to all their games. On retiring from Bi-County Radiology/ Sutter Buttes Imaging in 1987, he and June enjoyed their retirement years travelling with family and friends to Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Fiji, China, Japan, Tahiti, Mexico and throughout the United States. A son of the Ozarks, he had a favorite Ozark quote…. among many…..""The sun don't shine on the same dog's back all the time"". The Wallaces raised four children, Michele Lomax of Greensboro, North Carolina; Karen Carrithers of Portland, Ore.; Patrick of Portland, Ore.; and Timothy of Guerneville. Bob was preceded in death by his son Patrick who died in 2007 and by June, his loving wife of 64 years, who died on March 31st of this year. In closing, no service is planned for Bob, at his request. In Bob's memory, the family suggests donations be made to: They were blessed with six (6) grand children and three (3) great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and 'RJ' Lomax of Wilmington, N.C. and Gavin Alden Weyer of Kirkland, Wash. His six grandchildren were blessed with his humor, goodwill, grace and his love and wonder of nature…They have these thoughts to summarize their Grandpa:

Robert Lomax, Wilmington N.C.: ""Bob Wallace was more than a grandfather to me. He was someone who taught me the importance of life and sharing the experiences it brings, a mentor. I believe everyone who knew him would say he was a special individual. His keen intellect and masterful wit were legendary. He was a beloved person who was never pretentious or boastful and always excited and willing to learn from others. I can remember countless times he would sit with me, whether it be fishing, hunting, gardening, or just riding across town, and listen. Listen to what I had to say, about most any subject. Not everyone knows how to listen, not really. Not objectively at least and without judgment. Even if he might be an expert on the matter or have no interest what so ever in what I was talking about, he listened intently. The importance of this ability is one that cannot be understated. It is the basis of every quality relationship one can have and he did it well. Grandpa Bob made it seem as though he was most interested in understanding how I felt, my perspective and that of others. I will, of course, always miss him and will always cherish the times we shared. He taught us all the importance of family and about farming and agriculture, medicine, history and a curiosity of the natural world. Most of all, he showed me how to live. He led through example, how to walk the path. Grandpa, you will always be loved and remembered as the type of person we all aspire to be.""

Alicia Carrithers, Kirkland, Wash.: ""The thing I'll never forget about my Grandpa was his laugh. He had the most contagious chuckle that would make anyone that could hear it smile from ear to ear. I have so many fond memories growing up at my grandparent's house….Grandpa squeezing orange juice every morning , running around with all the grandkids all day long, always laughing and sharing his knowledge. He and I shared the love of sourdough bread and peppermint ice cream, so most evenings there were playful arguments over who would get the last bite (he usually always let me win). Grandpa Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He cared about his friends and family with no end, he was by far the kindest soul anyone would ever know. The last memories I have of my Grandpa was sitting at the kitchen table and have him tell me what a wonderful mother I was to my son. It meant so much coming from someone like him. He refused to wash my son's handprints from all the windows; they stayed up for months until he passed away. I take comfort knowing he's now with my Grandma. He's missed her every day since she left us, so I know how happy they are now. While we all will miss him, we have so many wonderful memories to look back on. Grandpa was an amazing person and touched so many lives with his kindness, and no one will ever forget his loving, joyous, contagious laugh. I love and miss you always Grandpa!""

Kelsey Wallace, Portland, Ore.: ""I learned many wonderful things from my grandpa, but I think his love of animals will stay with me the most. From cats in the house to toads in the yard, Grandpa never met an animal he didn't like. One of the last stories he told me was of going without blankets so he could spend his first paycheck on a pet dachshund! He valued nature so much, and he taught us grandkids to do the same. Whether we were out in the duck blind at Shady Oaks or on the couch looking at his many National Geographics, he never missed an opportunity to remind us to respect the natural world. Every time I go for a hike in the wilderness or spoil my dog with an extra snack, I'll think of him and be thankful for all he taught me.""

Alden Carrithers, Santa Monica, Calif.: ""Before his death in 4th century BCE, Confucius praised that 'the superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.' and I know my Grandfather, Robert Wallace, lived up to that throughout his 89 years. I only knew him in the last 27 years of his life, but will always remember his generosity and unselfishness towards his family and friends. His love for the outdoors took him to many untamed parts of the world. I am very fortunate I was able to partake a little bit in the passions he loved so much as he was willing to share those with me and his grandkids. I believe that the late Chinese philosopher would approve how grandpa conducted himself as a man.""

Nathan Wallace, Eugene, Ore.: ""I count my grandfather among the finest men I have ever known. Through nothing but his own will and determination he became a successful doctor and a caring husband, father, grandfather and friend. I have the distinct honor of bearing his middle name as my first, and I will do everything in my power to live up to his fine example. I feel blessed that I was able to share in my grandfather's love for music and the outdoors and I will think of him every time I hear Duke Ellington's piano or stand in an open field. I love my grandfather and I will miss him for the rest of my life.""

Meredith Lomax, Wilmington N.C.: ""The memories I have of spending time with my Grandpa and Grandma will always bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. He was the kind of person you compare all others to: endlessly patient, kind, funny, generous, and loved his family with all his heart. I learned so much from him. In just an afternoon walk around the yard with his cat Misty, I would hear all about the lemon trees, family stories, and weather patterns. I loved every one of his stories. Grandpa- I love you and I will miss you very much.""

'The Patrick Wallace Fund'
Oregon Health and Science University Foundation
Casey Eye Institute
3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd.,
Portland, OR 97239


California Waterfowl Association
4630 Northgate Blvd. Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 5, 2012
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