R. Wallace Pack ’50

R. Wallace Pack of Ft Myers, FL passed away on January 24, 2017 at the age of 88. He was born on December 25, 1928 in Beaumont Texas. He grew up in Beaumont and graduated from the Asheville School in Asheville, NC and earned his bachelors degree from Davidson College in Davidson, NC. He earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas TX where he was also on the SMU Law Review staff.

He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1950 to 1960. After graduation from SMU Law School, Wallace practiced law in Dallas and then became a landman for Sun Oil Company.

He married Anna Rogers of Winnsboro, LA in 1957. Wallace moved with his family to Ft Myers in 1965 where he oversaw field operations for Sun Oil Company in south Florida. He began practicing law in Ft Myers in 1967 and was appointed Lee County Judge in 1970.

In 1972, he became one of the first circuit judges of the newly formed 20th Circuit and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1999.

During his 27 years of service to the citizens of the 20th Judicial Circuit, he was greatly respected and admired by the many lawyers who appeared in his courtroom.

Wallace enjoyed sailing, bridge, fishing, travel, sail planes and was an avid photographer. He was also active in the Kiwanis, Goodwill, the Calusa American Inns of Court and the Presbyterian Church.

Wallace was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Rogers Pack in January 1990. He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Buchanan of Dallas, TX, Sarah Thomas of Black Mountain NC and his sons, Robert of Ocala, FL and John of Shreveport, LA.

The family asks that gifts be made to Hope Hospice in lieu of flowers.

Published in The News-Press on Feb. 5, 2017