George A. P. Wallace
LAKEVILLE — George A. P. Wallace, 85, a longtime resident of the Northwest Corner, died at his home in Lakeville on Sept. 25, 2011. He was a professional engineer who dedicated much of his career to promoting the adoption of energy-saving technologies in home and industrial heating and cooling. Mr. Wallace came from a long line of Scottish explorers, soldiers, industrialists and engineers. Born in Chester, Pa., in 1926, Mr. Wallace chose to pursue his education as a chemical engineer, graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a masters of engineering certificate in 1947. With his strong engineering background, Mr. Wallace became a licensed professional engineer with the state of New York, a life member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers and the Cornell Society of Engineers, and a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. After a brief career in the chemical industry, Mr. Wallace, Samuel Eannace and a group of associates formed Wallace Eannace Associates, Inc., a new type of sales engineering firm in the New York-New Jersey region. Specializing in pumping and heat transfer equipment, the company combines technical service and education with product distribution. His goals were to promote awareness of the need and feasibility of improving the efficiency of HVAC systems, a goal that was significantly stimulated during the 1970s when the United States was suffering under the Arab oil embargo and was being forced to recognize the urgency of reducing its dependence on Mideast oil. Under this pressure and supported by government, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers began to develop and install energy-conserving systems to replace older fuel-wasting types. One of Mr. Wallace’s major disappointments was witnessing support for these innovations fade as cheap foreign oil once again became available. However, in Europe, a partnership of governments and industry was pushing greater efficiency in all energy use. Mr. Wallace studied these systems and helped to stimulate some adoption in the United States. Coincidentally, nuclear energy was being promoted as the solution to fossil fuel dependency. Mr. Wallace was a member and backer of the Union of Concerned Scientists virtually from its inception and strongly supported their efforts to monitor the hazards of the expansion of the nuclear industry and its adaptation to military usage. Mr. Wallace long felt that commercial interests too often trump sound science in setting directions for bringing technological developments into use by society. He remained actively engaged in these issues and in his business interests virtually to the end of his life. In addition to his commitment to the Union of Concerned Scientists, Mr. Wallace was a dedicated supporter of many national and local environmental organizations including the Salisbury Land Trust, Sharon Audubon, the Appalachian Mountain Club, American Bird Conservancy and the Sierra Club, to name just a few. Mr. Wallace served in the United States Navy as an aviation radio technician during World War II and received an honorable discharge in 1946. He is fondly remembered by his family and friends as a sensitive man with a keen sense of the importance of personal relationships in private and professional life. Mr. Wallace was an extremely thoughtful and intellectual man who placed a high premium on dialogue, the objective exchange of ideas and on scientific education and understanding in society. He was an avid reader and lifelong student of world history. Mr. Wallace is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan; a son, George E. Wallace of Warrenton, Va.; two daughters, E. Ainslie Wallace of Salisbury and Elaine Connolly of Scarborough, Maine; and eight grandchildren. A private memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Union of Concerned Scientists via their website at www.ucsusa.org or by mail to Union of Concerned Scientists, Attn: John Mace, 2 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138.