Professor to Receive Distinguished Service Award Posthumously

Posted: September 15, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At a memorial ceremony for School of Public Policy (SPP) adjunct professor Tony Wallace on Friday, Sept. 19, the SPP Alumni Chapter will present a special Distinguished Service Award posthumously.

Susan Wallace, his wife, will attend to accept the award.

Wallace died on Sept. 4 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In 2004, Wallace retired from teaching because of the progression of the illness. A year later, SPP presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the spring convocation, recognizing him as among the best of the school’s outstanding adjunct professors.

From 1990 to 2004, Wallace taught courses in the International Commerce and Policy Program, including the Introduction to International Commerce and Policy. He also organized and led trips to Europe for those interested in the school’s programs overseas and was active in several university committees.

According to those who knew him, Wallace loved teaching and working with students, especially enjoying the give-and-take of class discussions. He took a sincere interest in students and their careers, often keeping in touch with them long after their courses were finished.

Before joining SPP, Wallace was a deputy director for International Affairs at Westinghouse. He served for many years as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, where he headed a division in the Office of Trade, directed export promotion activities in India, and helped negotiate international commodity agreements. He was also the author of publications on the U.S. economy and European Union affairs.

The Alumni Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award in Wallace’s honor recognizes his contributions to the hundreds of individuals who participate in the chapter, many of whom are former students and friends.

The award will be presented in Room 329 of the Original Building on Mason’s Arlington Campus, following a memorial service at 1 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Va.

Donations in his name may be made to the ALS Association, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, or to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 501, Falls Church, VA 22042.

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