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Dr. Carl M. Wallace, Professor Emeritus (b. Dec. 12, 1932)

Carl passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Maison McCulloch Hospice in Sudbury on January 18, 2018. Carl was raised by a loving New Brunswick farm family and was devoted to his surviving wife, Jean, for 58 years. Loving father of Janet Warren (Dave) and Doug Wallace (Tori), grandfather of Steven Warren (Nicole), Annie Warren, Jamie Wallace and Katie Wallace. He is survived by his brother, Al, and predeceased by siblings, Claire, Joyce, Colin, Doreen and Alden. Carl served as Chair of the History Department at Laurentian University twice, but was not an administrator; his talent was teaching and he inspired his students and colleagues alike with his humour, kindness and passion for learning. In 1994, he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award. In his early academic career, Carl concentrated on New Brunswick history and published over twenty-five articles in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and more in the Canadian Encyclopedia. He then turned to the history of Northern Ontario and published City Government in Northern Ontario (1985). He collaborated with several colleagues to write Sudbury: Railtown to Regional Capital (1993) which is still in print 25 years later with thousands of copies in circulation. Carl, together with two friends and colleagues, Angus Gilbert and Matt Bray, also edited Reappraisals in Canadian History (1992/93); two volumes that remained in general use at universities across North America through three editions. While Carl’s professional life involved teaching and writing, his personal life focused on his family. In 1972, Carl and Jean purchased a camp at Cow Bay on the north channel of the French River. The son of a carpenter, Carl designed and built “Wallace Pines” on that property in 1992. For the next 25 years, it was the centre of his world. Carl loved to spend time there with his family and friends and he wouldn’t have missed a minute of it! It was and remains a wonderful place for his children and grandchildren. The family will be arranging a “Celebration of Life” in the spring. His ashes will then be interred next to his beloved parents in Saint John, New Brunswick.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that any donations be made to the Maison McCulloch Hospice at https://maisonsudburyhospice.org/donate/ or the Sudbury & District Community Office of the Canadian Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/sudbury on/?region=on&utm_source=VanityURL&utm_campaign=Cancer.ca&utm_content=sudbury

12 Condolences

  1. I was a History student ar Laurentian over 25 years ago. Absolutely the best Professor on campus. Unlike others, he could relate easily to students and had a natural ability to draw you in when he spoke. So glad to have run into him for a brief it,e, always looked forward to his classes and I am not alone in this. Very well liked amongst students.

    Posted by:Mark Sutton
    March 1, 2018
  2. Gone but not forgotten
    Fondly remembering the UNB and Sudbury days
    Still have the shirt off his back
    Lois & Jim Atherton

    Posted by:J atherton
    February 4, 2018
  3. Carl was a very special man, and we were blessed to have known him. His great wit and intellect was always guided by endless curiosity, humor, patience and generosity. He gave us all a wonderful example of how to live in the moment and never take oneself too seriously. We will dearly miss Carl, but his smile and the sound of his voice will long live in our memories.

    Posted by:Al and Ann Marie
    January 24, 2018
  4. Our dear Uncle Carl…with so many special memories, especially when I was young, visiting often and laughing lots over many of Uncle Carl’s antics. I will cherish these memories as I send love and big hugs to Auntie Jean, Jani, Dave and family, Doug, Tori and family…
    May God give you all comfort at this time ..xoxo Bob, Jean, Brendon, Clinton and Colin

    Posted by:Jean McCullough and family
    January 23, 2018
  5. Shock and sadness are not strong enough emotions to deal with this news. Distance over these many years did not diminish the love and affection we felt for you both, and Carl was not only one of the most respected gentlemen I ever met, but one of the truest friends I have had over the almost 70 years of our association. Dearest Jean, Barbara and I are so sorry to hear this.

    Posted by:Jack and Barbara Garnett
    January 23, 2018
  6. Aw yes. Janet’s dad, Mr. Wallace.
    Our first “go to” amid a 1984 university crisis! Although i knew Mr. and Mrs. Wallace strictly through Janet (JW) the several times they visited us at school over the years in our paper double, paper singles and Ronda Road townhouse, he always had a winsome air about him. I remember he always had a wise answer to life delivered in a most jovial tone -as well as terrific discernment! And how he loved his cross country skiing….
    Janet has always had a tremendous relationship with her parents and that relationship has shaped her amiable character.
    More recently as Mr. Wallace was hospitalized and in Hospice, Doug and Janet were there serving their parents in Sudbury. What a testimony to he and Mrs. Wallace in a job well done parenting – it doesnt get any more complementary than that! Proverbs 22:6

    We are truly sorry for your loss Mrs. Wallace, Doug and family, and Janet and family. ?

    Posted by:Ian and susan (sinclair) hall
    January 21, 2018
  7. We will miss him so much. Carl was the most generous soul. He was wise, kind, and blessed with a boundless sense of humour. There’s nothing that he touched that wasn’t improved by his contributions.

    Posted by:Janice Liedl
    January 21, 2018
  8. Carl was a wonderful man. I truly enjoyed his sense of humour and his dedication to students. A great history professor, Carl was interested in his students and took time to build lasting relationships. I was fortunate enough to also know Carl as an employee at Laurentian where he was also a true asset in promoting the University and the field of history. My sympathy to his family and friends.

    Posted by:Paul de la Riva
    January 21, 2018
  9. Doc. Carl. Dad. Friend. This gentle man was every one of these to our family and we are richer for having spent time with him over the years at “Wallace Pines” on Cow Bay. Rest In Peace you wonderful man and our sincere condolences to Jean, Janet, Dave, Doug, Tori and all his Grandchildren.

    Posted by:Louise and Andrew Hastie
    January 20, 2018
  10. Carl was a fatherlike teacher, gentle, occasionally chiding, and unfailingly wise. He shaped me as a historian and a scholar. I am grateful for his patience and faith in me.

    Posted by:David Courey
    January 19, 2018
  11. What an amazing, kind, warm-hearted and thoughtful gentle man. He will be sadly missed. He was a joy to be around. My love to you all.

    Posted by:Susan Whitaker
    January 19, 2018
  12. My sincerest condolences to you Jean, Janet, Dave, and family. I have fond memories of Carl. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

    Posted by:Jeff Frey
    January 19, 2018

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