Robert Glenn Wallace, 87, of Bryan, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 E. 29th Street, Bryan, TX. A short visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
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Bob was born on October 8, 1926 in Web City, Oklahoma to Glenn and Sarah (Anguish) Wallace and grew up in Texas. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an Aviation Radioman Third Class. After the war Robert went onto college at Texas A&M University, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He was also a 1972 University of Hawaii graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Bob went to work for Phillips in 1954 and worked in many of the company's departments including: Research & Development, International Sales and Development, Chemicals and Plastics Operations. He also spent a number of years working abroad in Europe and the Far East for Phillips. He was a Registered Professional Engineer. Bob moved through the ranks at Phillips and was elected to Senior Vice President responsible for the corporate support staff in 1978. He went on to be elected Executive Vice President in June of 1980 and then to the board of directors and executive committee in 1982. He also served as president of Phillips 66 Company. Bob retired from the Phillips Petroleum Company in 1988 having been responsible for Phillips downstream businesses, petroleum products and chemicals.
Bob was a member of the American Petroleum Institute, the 25-Year Club of the Petroleum Industry, the Society of Chemical Industry, the American Chemical Society Corporation Liaison Board, the Texas A&M College of Business Administration Development Council, the Texas A&M College of Engineering Development Council and served as director of the Chemical Manufacturers Association. He served on the executive committees of the Highway Users Federation, the Automotive Safety Foundation and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Bob served as director of CBI Industries and was on the board of directors at Valmont Industries, Inc., A. Shulman Inc. and Private Enterprise Research Center (a "think tank" in Texas) He was a consultant to International Business Machines Corporation, ChemShare Corporation and Kiewit Fuels Inc., and most recently served at the Bush School and with the Corp of Cadets.
He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Bob leaves behind his loving wife of 60 years, Connie Wallace of Bryan; son, John and his wife Felisa of Katy; three grandchildren, Jack, Theresa, and Penny; three great-grandchildren, Ian, Evan, and Elle. He is also survived by his sister, Marielyn Shelby of Houston; his brother-in-law, Edward Teichmann of Bryan; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a memorial contribution in Bob Wallace's honor to Arrow Academy, a new school making a difference in the lives of children who are often overlooked. Your charitable gift can be sent to Arrow Academy, P.O. Box 9385, College Station, TX 77842 or www.arrowacademyfoundation.com or TAMU Scholarship Fund https://scholarships.tamu.edu.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 9 to Mar. 9, 2014