Judith Wallace passed away in Poway, CA, on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. She was 91 years old. Judy was born in Seattle, Washington, on October 29, 1922, to Ralph Hood Moulton and Martha Hill Moulton.|
Judy skipped a grade or two in grammar school and in 1939 entered the University of Washington at age 16, studying mathematics. With young men largely drawn into the war effort, Pan American Airways went to UW looking for female math majors they could train to become celestial navigation instructors. She was the first one they hired and trained - at age 19. A woman in this line of work was unusual in those days and the Seattle Times published an article about her with several photographs, which by today's standards would be considered laughably sexist.
One of her students was a young Pan Am pilot, William "Baird" Wallace, five years her senior. The family joke was that the only way he could pass the celestial navigation course was to marry the teacher. They were married in 1944, and immediately bought a small Luscombe airplane, which they flew to St. Louis to meet Baird's parents. It is not clear if this flight involved celestial navigation, or was more a matter of following roads and railroad tracks.
Baird and Judy had three boys, Robert Byron born in 1945, Steven Baird born in 1949, and Thomas Scott born in 1952.
Baird was a Captain for Pan Am on the DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, Boeing 377 "Stratocruiser," DC-7, and DC-8, until his retirement in 1966.
Later in life Judy again called on her knowledge of mathematics, working as the payroll administrator for Harborfields School District in Greenlawn, New York.
Judy excelled at bridge and bowling. She once bowled a 252 game and a 619 series. Later in life she also focused on golf, and when she was over 80 invited Byron and Steve to play on her favorite little course, Oaks North in Rancho Bernardo. She presented them with Oaks North golf towels saying: "Here boys, these are for you to cry into." She proceeded to beat them both.
Judy was an enthusiastic supporter and volunteer at the San Diego Wild Animal Park, maintaining an area of indigenous plantings with a group of friends. She was also active in the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, and worked as a volunteer at Pomerado Hospital.
Judy is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Byron and Janet Wallace of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Steven and Marget Wallace of McLean, Virginia; grandchildren, Christopher, Jennifer, Matthew (Lauren) and Baird Wallace and Molly (Gavin) Kovite. She was preceded in death by her son, Thomas in 1967; husband, Baird in 1980; brother, Wells Moulton; and sister, Rosemary Baker.
A memorial service will be held at the Ranch Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church at a future date.
Published in the Pomerado News on Mar. 6, 2014