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Roger Wallace, Ph.D
Roger D. Wallace, Ph.D., 77, South Abington Twp., died Friday at Geisinger Community Medical Center. His wife was the former Carol A. Wilkie Wallace, Ph.D. The couple was married for more than 33 years and spent every one of those years accumulating incredible friends, family, cats, memories and antiques… in no particular order.
Roger was born Feb. 26, 1944, in Indianapolis, Ind. He was the son of the late Clinton Avery and Margaret Marie (Lillard) Wallace. Roger was a graduate of Broad Ripple High School, Indianapolis, and received his Bachelor of Arts from Butler University in English and literature. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Michigan in mass media and journalism ethics, where he was a member of the National Communication Association Lambda Pi and served as the Communication Honor Society advisor.
A beloved professor of communications at the University of Scranton since 1975, Roger was a respected academic, published author, tenured professor and revered mentor/friend to countless students that were fortunate enough to take advantage of his wisdom, insight and willingness to go above and beyond. He was a proud member of the South Abington Lions Club, having served as president.
While his impact on the academic community is impressive, Roger’s profound impact on virtually everyone he’s crossed paths with is where the magic lives. Whether you knew him as Mr. Wallace, Dr. Wallace, Rog, Wog, Dr. Death (if you know – you know), Lions Club guy, golf guy, Dr. W, Nabe, Dad, Daddio, or Papa, one thing is certain, you loved him. Beyond the warmth of his infectious laugh was the unmistakable comfort, wisdom and presence he brought to every conceivable situation and conversation. His loss is profound, but fortunately for us all, the hole his absence leaves behind will quickly be filled in by the legendary memories and hard-to-believe stories we will all continue to tell. One thing each “compartment” of his life held at the end of the day was the fact that Roger did not simply have one gift or another with regard to his impact on us all, he quite simply was the gift.
Surviving are a son, Jed Wallace and his wife, Nicolette Wallace of Dripping Springs, Texas; a sister, Joan Meyers and niece, Molly Marie Rose of Kissimmee, Fla.; four grandchildren: grandson, Avery Wallace and granddaughter, Riley Wallace, both of Los Angeles, and granddaughter, Peyton Wallace and grandson, Jed Jr. Wallace, both of Dripping Springs.
A celebration of Roger’s life will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. The family will receive friends Monday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
Sorry for the delay in posting this tribute. I just came across Dr. Wallace's obituary the other day and needed to take the time to compile my thoughts. I had the pleasure of taking Dr. Wallace's Written Communications course at the University during a 1977 Summer Session. I remember having to complete several different types of assignments, including having a Letter to the Editor published in The Scranton Times Tribune. I remember working on a paper for the class the day that Elvis Presley died. I was never much for fiction, but Dr. Wallace instilled in me a deep appreciation and love of all things Kurt Vonnegut. I can recall running into Dr. Wallace in Saint Thomas Hall before I graduated and he not only remembered me but also my major. He truly was one of my favorite professors at the University. I'm very sorry for your loss and I'll keep Dr. Wallace and his family in my prayers.
Joseph Yale, Scranton '81, Danville PA Oct 10 2021 12:00 AM
The day I met Roger is the day my life changed forever. From that day and everyday moving forward I knew I met some extremely special. His warmth, kindness and genuine sincerity was absolutely stunning. He was the kind of man you would meet and feel like you knew him for a very long time. Given his background it came as no surprise that Roger was a master of the English language. However; beyond this, what always dazzled me was his amazing gift of putting sentences together that were musical like to the ear. I could sit with him, enjoy a few beers, and some niko of course, and just listen to his magical way of communicating for hours. And, as so many have said, that infectious laugh. I can actually hear it echoing through my ears as I compose this tribute. Farewell Rogerson. To me, you were a special gift from God, a friend for the ages and a man I truly loved from the bottom of my heart. I believe when one does a new star appears in the evening sky. Your star no doubt will be easy to find as it surely will be the one that shines brightest in my eyes.
Jamie Lawrence Sep 23 2021 12:00 AM
I worked with Roger at Macy's. He was the best!! I always had a blast when we worked together ! His laugh was infectious his appetite for life was admirable. Rest in peace my friend.. you will be missed!!
Martina Sep 21 2021 12:00 AM
I had the great fortune of getting Roger as my faculty advisor for academics and at WYRE, the campus radio station. He was warm, witty, and wise. My condolences to those who love him.
Kevin McGlinchey Sep 21 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Carol & Family,It is with great sadness that I read of Roger's passing.Many fond and very happy memories remain when I think of your and Roger's smiling faces.My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this most difficult time.Very Sincerely,
Phil and Arlene Spinka Sep 20 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Jed, you know your dad was a very special person. He taught you well. I remember the three of us exiting Mahan Hall at Adrian College one day; he took the opportunity to tell your very young self to always use the crash bar to open the door. I thought his lesson was going to be about safety in case of leaving a building on emergency, but no; his next words were somebody has to wash these glass doors. Your dad was a treasure; memories last forever.~Beverly Larsen
Beverly Larsen Sep 20 2021 12:00 AM
Roger was one of those rare teachers who truly made an impact on his students. Not a fleeting one, but rather, truly, lifelong. He will be missed.
Carl Green Sep 18 2021 12:00 AM
Purity in white and lasting green of life. God bless you all.SOCNTim, Doug and the Board of Directors send heart fealty condolences.Special Operations Charity Network
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Dear Jed and Family. Your Father touched so many lives that we will cherish all the wonderful memories forever.Love, Cynthia. Laurie and Elizabeth
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With love and heartfelt prayersHeather Hayes and Eric Smith
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