Dr. William Wallace, who died on May 6th, 2017, was a prominent member of the Music faculty from 1967 to 1989. Dr. Wallace was a composer whose approach has been described as tonal and highly rhythmic, with broad appeal to lovers of classical music. During the 1970s and 1980s, many of his compositions were first performed by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Boris Brott. It was also Mr. Brott who conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in 1990 for the production of the first recording of Dr. Wallace’s orchestral music, Dances and Variations. Other records followed, including Dr. Wallace’s Second Piano Concerto, performed by the Slovak Radio Symphony, and Triple Concerto, performed by the Janacek Philharmonic. Dr. Wallace was a native of Salt Lake City, and earned degrees at the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Music in 1957 and a PhD in 1962, followed by a year studying at Oxford University. He began his career at Rutgers University (1963-67), before joining the faculty at McMaster. Bill, as he was called by family and friends, was known as a great story teller with a sharp wit. He had many friends in the McMaster community, including a close group that skied together during reading week that comprised Cam and Jean Crowe, Gay and Roger Walker, and David Goodings. Bill and his beloved wife Kip (d.2007) were married in 1957, and their two sons Peter, who married Janet, and David, and his wife Cynthia, blessed their lives with four granddaughters, Tessa, Rosemary, Emily and Kelly. They and Bill’s sister Rosemary, their larger family and circle of friends at McMaster at beyond fondly remember Bill, his love of composing as well as passion for outdoor life around a family home at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
With thanks to Dr. Goodings, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for his kind contribution for this remembrance.