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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
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Robert Wallace

Robert Bruce Wallace

January 16, 1937 - May 25, 2021
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Robert Bruce Wallace, 84, of Avon, CT, former resident of Wakefield and Lynnfield Center, MA, died Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Born in Stoneham, MA, Dr. Wallace was the son of the late William S. and Dorothy C. (Gilbert) Wallace. He attended public schools in Wakefield and Lynnfield, MA and received his A.B. degree in 1960, his A.M. degree in 1961 and his Ph.D. degree in 1966 from Boston University. He was a Research Associate at M.I.T. from 1966-1968.

He joined the University of Hartford in 1968 as Assistant Professor of Psychology becoming Professor of Psychology and Biology in 1980. Upon his retirement in 2000 he became Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Biology. He served as Chair of the Department of Psychology from 1986 to 1992 and Chair of the Department of Biology from 1994 to 2000. He maintained an active research program in the area of neural transplantation co-editing two books on the subject and publishing in numerous professional journals. He also served as a Research Associate at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT from 1971-2000.While at the University of Hartford, he served as University Marshal from 1980-2000. He was an active member of the Emeriti Association serving on the Executive Committee for many years and was Co-Chair of the Association for several years. He was a member of such professional organizations as Sigma Xi, Society for Neuroscience, New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Association of Anatomist.

He is survived by a first cousin Mrs. Nancy Martens of Orleans, MA and a second cousin, Mrs. Dale Cooke of Dothan, AL.

Calling hours will be held at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT on Wednesday, June 2nd from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main Street, Avon, CT on Thursday, June 3rd at 10:00 AM. Private burial at Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William S. and Dorothy G. Wallace Memorial Neuroscience Fund at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117. Please visit Dr. Wallace’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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    June 2, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    June 2, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Canton
    120 Albany Turnpike
    Canton, CT 06019
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    June 3, 2021 | 10:00am
    June 3, 2021 10:00am
    Avon Congregational Church
    6 West Main Street
    Avon, CT 06001
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Jilin Bai, MD, PhD

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Tho I had never met "cousin' Bob, I feel as if I knew him. I cared for his cousin, Nancy, for many years. It is hard to watch a decline in a loved one. The stories she conveyed to me are priceless. Condolences from Troutdale VA. Cynthia Mickle

Richard F. Kaplan

Posted at 10:53am
Dr. Wallace was my master's thesis advisor at the University of Hartford, 1972-1974. I published my first paper with him, and Dr. Jack Werboff in 1974. I will always remember him as a mentor, someone who greatly influenced my career, and a true gentleman.

Richard F. Kalan, PhD.
Professor Emeritus
UConn Health

Jeff Blumenthal

Posted at 12:04pm
Beyond his extraordinary professional career, Bob gave back so much to the community he loved. He served as a treasured member of the Dean's Arts & Sciences Advisory Board at the University of Hartford for many years, always lendng sage input and content. Bob shared his A brilliant mind graciously, we all took lessons from him on how to impactfully share knowledge with the generations to come withour even a hint of arrogance. Indeed, Bob spoke to every generation and leaves this world having made the world a better place. He will be missed but never forgotten. Sharing condolences with Bob's many friends, Jeff Blumenthal, Simsbury, CT.

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