Former district administrator Dr. Richard Wallace of Melrose passed away on January 5 at the age of 76.
After graduating from Everett High School in 1963, Wallace went on to become a math teacher in Everett and later, the director of the district’s Math Department. By 1991, Wallace had advanced to the position of associate superintendent of schools.
“He was a well-liked man, he was a gentleman,” said former Superintendent of Schools Frederick Foresteire.
In addition to being a senior administrator, Wallace never lost his knack for numbers. “He handled the budget; he was the finance guy for the schools,” said Foresteire.
Wallace was also instrumental in the monumental effort of constructing the new high school.
Wallace then retired after 34 years in the district. Throughout his golden years, he enjoyed playing cards, attending dinners and hitting the links at Mount Hood Golf Club in Melrose.
“It was an honor and a pleasure to work for Dr. Wallace,” said former Administrative Assistant Ella DiPrima. “He was smart, patient, hardworking, kindhearted and always a gentleman. He had a way with people that made everyone feel so welcome in his office – like he had been waiting all day to see you. He was an integral part of the Everett Public Schools, but always remained humble. I will never forget him.”
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kevin Shaw also spoke highly of Wallace. “I don’t know any Everett teacher who had the pleasure of knowing or working with Dr. Wallace who wasn’t the better for it,” he said. “He was an educator in the best sense of the word.”
Wallace leaves behind his wife Doreen as well as his three children: Michelle, Brian and Andrea.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.