Roger L. Wallace
Nov. 6, 2007
Roger L. Wallace, a revered member of Western Michigan University's management faculty, died Oct. 19 at his home in Kalamazoo. He was 85.
Wallace came to WMU as an instructor in 1966 and retired as professor emeritus of management in 1986, but remained involved with the Department of Management and WMU until his death.
He chaired the management department from 1973 to 1975, received a WMU Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award in 1981, and served on more than 30 different campus committees and councils.
A leading expert on cost reduction sharing plans, Wallace was in demand as a consultant, speaker and presenter, and his scholarly work appeared in a variety of books and journals. He was a member of such professional associations as the Academy of International Business and Academy of Management and was active in numerous local organizations, co-founding the Kalamazoo Area Parkinson's Support Group with his wife, Alice.
Wallace served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and spent 27 years in industry, beginning his career as a moulder-coremaker and machinist and moving up the corporate ladder as a metallurgist and eventually a manufacturing manager. He earned two degrees from WMU, a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in 1964 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1967, as well as a doctoral degree from Michigan State University in 1971.
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