In Memoriam: Gary Wallace
A tribute from colleague and friend, Doug Franklin
Gary Wallace passed away September 12, 2012 after battling a medical condition for many months. He is survived by his wife Roberta and his son Kevin.
He was MSAA’s Vice President of Finance and Administration and joined the charity with me back in 1999 as my first new hire. Our early days together were challenging as MSAA was transitioning from a founder-led organization to a new, re-focused charity, built on a solid financial foundation with exemplary policies and procedures that earned us the right to use the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance seal of approval. Gary was instrumental in helping us move forward and he always treated the charity’s finances with care and support, ensuring MSAA grew within its means while remaining financially sound.
A quiet man with a gentle disposition, he worked tirelessly to help the charity grow. His fondness for his extended MSAA family was always apparent and he is sorely missed by all of his colleagues. His dry wit and love of a good joke was always on display.
Gary’s love for golf is exemplified by the titling of our annual charity golf tournament in his memory. The MSAA Gary Wallace Memorial Tournament will be played this year on Monday, September 16, at Little Mill Country Club in Marlton, New Jersey. If you are interested in participating, please visit support.mymsaa.org/golfLM. Gary will be there with us in spirit this year, and his contributions to MSAA during his 14-year employment span will continue for many years to come. Rest in peace GW!