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Robert W. Wallace of Moss Creek Plantation, Hilton Head at age 92 passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday Nov 22, 2014 after having courageously fought a 4 year battle against ALS.
Born in 1922 in Lakewood, New Jersey, Bob Wallace graduated high school at age 16 and attended The Trenton School of Industrial Arts becoming an accomplished wood worker and machinist. By 1940 he was working as an apprentice machinist in the New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden N.J. on the Battleship U.S.S. South Dakota, which would operate with U.S. carriers in the Pacific theater. At the same time, he studied architecture at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
He volunteered for military service after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He received his wings in 1944 in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Lubbock Texas. He served as a twin engine pilot in the Persian Gulf Command, based in Teheran, Iran, where he would meet his wife, Olga. He served in the Middle East and North Africa until honorably discharged in Cairo, Egypt in 1946.
From 1946 Captain Wallace flew DC3s for Iran Air, Lebanon based Middle East Airlines, and then Ethiopian Airlines while enjoying living with his wife in Teheran, Beirut and Addis Ababa until accepting a position with TWA in 1952. Based out of JFK in New York, he proudly flew internationally as captain for TWA, having "never scratched the paint on a plane" as he liked to say. He flew Lockheed Super Constellations which he considered the most beautiful airplanes ever built. The jet-age arrived and he flew Boeing 707s and then Lockheed 1011 jumbos. He returned to the Middle East with TWA as a check pilot for Saudi Arabian airlines from 1974 to 1976. Captain Wallace retired in 1982 and moved from New York to Hilton Head in 1985.
Throughout his life he enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, hiking, target shooting, skiing, sailing, gardening and bird-watching. When not flying his planes, he would be found working in his wood shop, turning metal on his lathe, working on his cars or voraciously reading archaeology and history.
He will be remembered by family and friends as honest and generous, smart and possessing a quick, often dry, sense of humor. He is survived by his wife Olga of 67 years and his cat, his son Robert and wife Sandy and their two children Robert and Noah and by his son Nicholas and wife Carina.
Rest in Peace, Captain Wallace
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