Stuart A. Wallace, MD (1951)
Dr. Stuart Allen Wallace was born on December 1, 1898 in Metcalfe, Ontario in Canada to David W. Wallace and Ester Angelia Eastman. Dr. Wallace was a bachelor, known for his quiet, gentlemanly manner. He had a sister, who often visited him while he was living in Texas.
Dr. Wallace died on October 13, 1965 in Houston in the Pathology Department Conference Room at Baylor while attending a lecture.
Medical Education & Practice
Dr. Wallace received his MD degree from Queens University Faculty of Medicine in Ontario, Canada in 1922. He was board certified by the American Board of Pathology in 1937.
From 1927 until 1934 Dr. Wallace served as chair of the department of pathology at Baylor University College of Medicine in Dallas, Texas. In 1929 he left Baylor for private practice, but returned in 1936 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1942.
When Baylor College of Medicine moved to Houston in 1943, Dr. Wallace moved with it remaining as chair of the Department of Pathology and was the first professor to fill the R. Clarence Fulbright endowed chair. Notably, he shipped his entire collection of pathology specimens from Dallas to Houston, including 100,000 microscopic slides. He was known for his expertise and his work with residents, often helping them financially and hosting dinners for them.
Dr. Wallace also served as a surgical pathologist and directed the pathology laboratories at Jefferson Davis Hospital for the care of indigent persons. The hospital was several miles away from the Sears Warehouse that was the make-shift laboratory for Baylor at the time.
While Dr. Wallace felt that research was needed in the field of pathology, the immediate need in Houston was to provide clinical services for the local hospitals. Nine years after coming to Houston, Dr. Wallace had established the pathology department and brought in enough pathologists that he could focus on research. He was a pioneer of pathology in Houston, playing a pivotal role in starting the Houston Society of Pathologists. He and Dr. Paul A. Wheeler started conducting slide conferences, which drew the entire pathology community and other physicians in Houston, out of which grew the HSCP.
Dr. Wallace retired from Baylor College of Medicine in 1964, but still attended lectures. He died in 1965 from a heart attack while attending a seminar in the pathology conference room. A commemorative fund was begun in his name, and outstanding students at Baylor can receive the Stuart A. Wallace award for excellence in pathology. The Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists honored him for his activities on behalf of pathology in the community, state, and nation.
Texas Society of Pathologists
Dr. Wallace served as president of the TSP in 1951 and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1959.
Rosser, C., & Wallace, S. A. (1932). Tumor formation: Pathologic changes consequent to injection of oils under rectal mucosa. Journal of the American Medical Association, 99(26), 2167-2171.
Usher, F. C., & Wallace, S. A. (1958). Tissue reaction to plastics: a comparison of nylon, Orlon, Dacron, Teflon, and Marlex. AMA archives of surgery, 76(6), 997-999.