William Wallace died in La Jolla, California, on February 21, 2013. He was born in Berkeley, California, on May 7, 1926, the son of Ralph W. Wallace and Margaret B. Wallace. A few months after Bill's birth, the Wallace family moved to San Diego, settling first in Mission Beach (where he acquired the nickname "Sandy"), and later moving to Point Loma. Bill attended Loma Portal Elementary School and Point Loma High School. Upon graduating from high school, Bill joined the U.S. Navy, serving until his discharge in 1946.|
Bill then attended UCLA, where he joined Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He transferred to U.C. Berkeley, graduating in September 1950 with a BA degree. After college Bill attended Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, earning the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1952. He passed the State Bar examination and was admitted to the Bar in February, 1953.
Bill's father, Ralph, was a prominent San Diego attorney. Bill joined his father in the practice of law until Ralph's retirement; thereafter Bill continued as a sole practitioner until he retired in 2004.
Bill was a member of numerous professional, civic and social organizations, including the San Diego and California Bar Associations, Lions Club of San Diego, San Diego Highway Development Association, La Jolla Professional Men's Society, Phi Gamma Delta Alumni Association, and American Legion Post 492 (of which he was a member for more than 50 years) and many others.
Bill enjoyed hiking in the Sierras and Montana with the Sierra Club, camping in the desert, and deep sea fishing. He made numerous trips to Baja California, camping on the beach and fishing in the Sea of Cortez. Often his wife, Ann, or one or more of his children would accompany him on these expeditions. He also looked forward to his monthly game of bridge with the same men with whom he had played for over forty years.
Bill is survived by his wife, Ann Holliday Wallace; four children, Holliday, Lawrence, Stephen and David; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his brother, Ralph of Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
There will be a service with Military Honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on April 1, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m. by a gathering of friends at the ZLAC Rowing Club, 1111 Pacific Beach Drive. All are welcome to attend.
Published in La Jolla Light from Mar. 7 to Mar. 14, 2013