Albany Law School Mourns Passing of Professor Wallace '49

9/24/2012 | Facebook | Twitter | Email
Professor Wallace with his wife, Joyce

The Albany Law School community is deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Francis “Frank” X. Wallace, Jr.

A memorial service on Oct. 6 at the law school was broadcast live on the Internet.

Sign or read the online guest book for Professor Wallace.

Professor Wallace, valedictorian of the Class of 1949, joined the law school faculty in 1970, after 21 years of private practice and some 200 tried cases. Even after his retirement from the faculty in 1987, he soon returned to teach several classes each fall semester as an emeritus. His students remember him fondly from such classes as Property, Civil Procedure, Trial Tactics, Negotiation and Conflict of Laws.

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Professor Wallace worked at GE’s Turbine Electric Division in Schenectady, N.Y., while attending Albany Law on the G.I. Bill. After practicing with a firm in Schenectady for two years, he went to work at Spencer & Iserman in New York City, where he served as counsel to Webb & Knapp, a litigation and real estate firm. He led a team of attorneys in the largest real estate transaction of its time, involving the purchase of the Chrysler Building and Graybar Building.

Professor Wallace moved to Denver, Colo., to open a Webb & Knapp office in that city, then held senior litigation partner positions at several law firms before returning to New York state and Albany Law School. While teaching, he served as the first general counsel for the newly formed New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, then as consultant and outside trial counsel for the New York State Power Authority.

Most recently, Professor Wallace and his wife Joyce Wallace ’73, divided their time between Mission, Tx., and a summer home in Altamont, N.Y. He maintained frequent contact with colleagues and former students at the law school, travelled extensively with his wife in their RV, played drums in a jazz band, and talked to people around the world with his ham radio.