Carl Wallace

A solid colleague because over many years he practiced collegiality and
helped make the department a good one within which to work.

Humour was his trademark and he successfully applied it to teaching, to
dealings with colleagues and to life in general.

In the early 1970s he organized some great lobster parties for which he
always asked Judith to bring her German tortes. From that time, I
remember a proud Maritimer but after he worked on his Ph. D. in
Edmonton, Alberta he shifted his outlook somewhat and by the 1990s
identified with Northeastern Ontario.

He initiated and pushed to have a multi author history of Sudbury
created by the time of the centennial of the city in 1983. I remember
mailing my draft chapter to him from the Toronto airport in July of that

Carl was a very good teacher who asked more questions than offering
answers. He knew how to tease students to be better than they they
thought they were.


WALLACE, Carl M. – Professor Emeritus (b. Dec. 12, 1932) Carl passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at the Maison McCulloch Hospice in Sudbury on January 18, 2018. Raised by a loving New Brunswick farm family, he was devoted to his surviving wife, Jean, for 58 years. Loving father of Janet Warren (Dave) and Doug Wallace (Tori), grandfather of Steven (Nicole), Annie, Jamie and Katie. He is survived by his brother, Al, and predeceased by siblings, Claire, Joyce, Colin, Doreen and Alden. Carl served as Chair of the History Department at Laurentian University. His talent was teaching and he inspired his students and colleagues with his humour, kindness and passion for learning. In 1994, he received the Teaching Excellence Award. In his early academic career, Carl published over 25 articles in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography and the Canadian Encyclopedia. He later published City Government in Northern Ontario and collaborated with colleagues to write Sudbury: Railtown to Regional Capital which is still in print 25 years later. Carl, together with Angus Gilbert and Matt Bray, also edited Reappraisals in Canadian History; 2 volumes that remained in general use at universities across North America through three editions. While Carl’s professional life involved teaching and writing, his personal life focused on his family. In 1972, Carl and Jean purchased a camp on the French River. The son of a carpenter, Carl built “Wallace Pines” on that property in 1992. For the next 25 years, it was the centre of his world. Carl loved to spend time there with his family and friends and he wouldn’t have missed a minute of it! The family will be arranging a “Celebration of Life” in the spring. His ashes will then be interred next to his beloved parents in Saint John, New Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that any donations be made to the Maison McCulloch Hospice or the Sudbury & District Community Office of the Canadian Cancer Society