CARBONDALE - Dr. James Arthur Wallace, 61, transitioned Jan. 28, 2013.
He was born Jan. 15, 1951, in Galveston, Texas
He grew up and attended schools in Galveston, Texas, and graduated from Ball High School in 1969. He received his bachelor's degree from Blackburn College in Illinois, his master's degree from SIU Carbondale and his doctorate degree from Texas A&M University
in College Station, Texas.
James was a past professor at SIU and was a professor at Eastern Illinois University at the time of his transition. Dr. Wallace loved his students, whom he considered a part of his family. He was also very supportive of family and friends and wanted them to know that they were always in his heart.
James was predeceased by his parents, Willie and Leola Wallace and Erceline Boyd; and his aunt and uncle, Tressie and Clyde Bruton.
Dr. Wallace is survived by his son, Wyatt A. Wallace of Los Angeles; his sisters, Virtle Fowler (Muriel) of Friendswood, Texas and Henrietta Boyd, of LaMarque, Texas; brothers, Willie Boyd of Houston and Alonzo Boyd (Veronica) of La Marque, Texas; two aunts, Lois Clark of Hesperian, Calif., and Lola Lee of Los Angeles; and cousins, Adonis Bruton, Barbara Carraway, Rhonda Alcorn, Vanessa Hearne and Clyde Bruton Sr., all of Texas City, Texas.
The memorial service honoring his life will be at 3:30 p.m. today, Feb. 1, in Buzzard Hall Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.