Remembering Snowmass’ Edward (Ted) Wallace
February 15, 2017
Former Snowmass Village resident Ted Wallace, 95, passed away on February 2, 2017. He was born in Orange, New Jersey and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He and his wife Mary Ann moved to Snowmass Village in 1987 after retiring from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He continued to do scientific research in medical epidemiology with the Center for Blood Research in Boston and the National Institutes of Health. He participated on the Health Care Task Force appointed by The Community Forum associated with the Aspen Institute in 1996 that developed the healthcare study proposal leading to the Four Rivers Community Health Assessment Report. He stayed active in consulting until his death. A fall resulting in a fractured hip and surgery led to complications with an existing heart condition and congestive heart failure.
Among the many committees he served on were the Strategic Planning Committee, the Blue Ribbon Committee and the Biomedical Services Committee of the American Red Cross Board of Governors. He was Chairman, Board of Directors, National Blood Data Research Center in Bethesda, MD from 1997 through 2004. He wrote numerous articles in the area of blood and blood related uses and diseases as well as co-authoring a book, Securing a Safer Blood Supply: Two Views with R. Eckert. He was a reviewer and editor of articles for the New England Journal of Medicine, Transfusion, and the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Ted loved skiing, photography, flyfishing, and playing tennis at the Maroon Creek Club. He especially enjoyed black and white 35mm photography and developing the photos using the photography lab of CMC in Aspen. In 2000 he and his wife moved to Naples, Florida and would return to Aspen in the summers.
He served in WWII as First Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force from 1943-1945 and served with the 9th and 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean and Europe as meteorologist attached to the 17th Bomb Group. He was tasked with doing advance military reconnaisance and based in Sicily and Sardinia as the Allies lent support to the Polish Army in the Battle of Monte Cassino. He was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation and the Croix de Guerre Avec Palme, a military decoration of France for foreign units who perform heroic deeds in combat and earned five battle stars.
Ted first went to the University of Buffalo in 1948 to teach accounting. In 1954 he went to Harvard as Director of the Harvard Computational Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Business Administration. Having received his MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago, he became a full Professor of Business Administration and Director of the Operations Analysis Laboratory at Chicago overseeing the installation of the University's first UNIVAC computer in 1958. This added a new field of concentration, quantitative methods, to the curriculum of the School of Business. He returned to the University of Buffalo where he could do research along with his teaching. His expertise in interpreting scientific evidence became useful to physicians in wanting to design studies for medical research. He was President of Center for Management Systems, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to research in the health sciences. He also helped develop an electronic donor health history interviewing system with Talisman Limited that installed the technology in several blood centers.
It was at the University of Buffalo where he met Mary Ann Ostrowski after his first wife, Lucile Dyer, had died of cancer. He is survived by two children, Thomas Wallace and Patricia Vargas, adopted by he and his first wife. He is also survived by his second wife, Mary Ann, and three stepdaughters, Jacqueline Sadlo, Gail Marie Anderson and Pamela Sadlo along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He and Mary Ann had been married 37 years.