In Memory

Edgar L. Wallace

Edgar L. Wallace

Edgar L. Wallace, 90, of Lititz died Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Moravian Manor in Lititz. He was born in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Harry Clayton and Velma Morrison Wallace. He was the husband of Eleanor Gilbert Wallace with whom he shared 63 years of marriage.

During his career, he served as the Choral Music Director at both Collingswood H.S. and Westfield HS. in New Jersey and retired in 1980. He served as Director of Choral Music and organist at St. Asaph's Episcopal Church, Bala Cynwyd from 1945-1964. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Music Education in 1950. He attended St. Peters Choir School and graduated from Haverford High School in 1938. He continued his advanced Music education at Temple University, St. Olaf College, Juilliard School in NYC and Chautauqua Institute in NY.

Edgar was a Staff Sergeant of the United States Air Force during World War II. He was a member of American Guild of Organists and St. James Episcopal Church. At church, he served as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered in the Anchorage Breakfast Program. He volunteered at Lancaster General Hospital and attended the Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Edgar shared his love of music by directing the Men's Glee Club of Westfield, NJ for over 20 years as well as conducting the Men's Alumni Choral Group at F&M College from 1995-2006. Edgar enjoyed golf and owned an Antique Business.

In addition to his wife, Eleanor, he is survived by his daughter, Deborah Turley (Robert) of Williamsville, NY; and a son, Brent Wallace (Hallie) Folsom, CA; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Service at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 North Duke Street, Lancaster on SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. The family will greet friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at St. James Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ed's memory may be made to St. James Episcopal Church towards The Seminary Fund, 119 N. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602.

Online condolences may be posted on our website:

The Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

528 West Orange Street

Lancaster, PA 17603


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04/10/11 02:02 PM #1    

John Clarke

I am sure Mr. Wallace would agree with the statement that Matt Sullivan and I were not one of his favorite students and it was not simply because we couldn't carry a tune. 

With that being said, Mr. Wallace was one of the best teachers I had while attending WHS.

Rest in peace Mr. Wallace.  Thanks for all that you did in enriching the lives of all of the students that you taught over the years.

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