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James Brevard Wallace
Regents' Proceedings 819

The Regents note with sorrow the death of James B. Wallace, professor of organ and former dean of the School of Music, on July 12, 1983. He was 67 years old.

A native of Westminster, South Carolina, James Wallace was graduated from Brahman Hughes Academy in Springhill, Tennessee, in 1932. He received the Bachelor of Arts in 1936 from The University of Mississippi; the Bachelor of Music in 1939 from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; and the Master of Music in 1947 from The University of Michigan. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Hillsdale College in Michigan in 1961 and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Westminster Choir College in 1967.

A member of the Michigan faculty since 1948, Professor Wallace was originally appointed to the Department of Music Literature; he became a member of the Department of Organ when he resigned the Deanship in 1970 to return to the classroom. He was assistant dean from 1956-60 and dean from 1960-70. From 1949-56, he was secretary of the School of Music a position later designed assistant dean.

Professor Wallace, a specialist in the field of church and liturgical music, had in recent years conducted seminars in that subject in the School of Music and had taught humanities courses and conducted choral and orchestral ensembles in the Residential College.

In addition to his work as a teacher and administrator, James Wallace had served as organist and director of music at Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, Old York Road Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, and the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor.

Prior to joining the Michigan faculty, Professor Wallace was, from 1939-42, dean of music at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi.

From 1942-46, he served as administrative officer in the United States Army in American and European theatres, also performing more than one hundred organ recitals during that period.

Professor Wallace, an active member of the honorary fraternities Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Mu Alpha, also held honorary memberships in many professional organizations and societies. He was also former co-chairman of the Michigan Council for the Arts, former trustee of the National Music Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy, past president of the East Central Division of the Music Teachers National Association, and a member of the Graduate Commission of the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Regents join the School of Music community and friends and relatives of Professor Wallace in giving thanks for his life.