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JAMES H WALLACE JR

December 31, 1942 - June 14, 2020

U.S. Veteran

Due to the corvid-19 virus, a private memorial service will be held at a future date.

James H.  Wallace Jr,  77,  passed away on June 14, 2020.  He was born on December 31, 1942, in Washington, DC to J. Henry and Elizabeth Maupin Wallace.

Jim grew up in Arlington and Fairfax Counties, Virginia.  He graduated from Falls Church High School in 1960.   After high school he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a bachelors degree in Journalism in 1964. At UNC as photographer for student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel, in addition to covering activities on campus, he extensively documented the civil rights movement in Chapel Hill and the surrounding area between 1961 – 1964.  Almost 50 years later, in 2012, he published a book of these civil rights photographs Courage in the Moment.  His civil rights photographs also appeared in the books, North Carolina and the Negro (1964), and The Free Men (1965), and numerous other publications.

Following graduation from UNC he joined the United States Air Force and served 4 years as public information officer at Homestead AFB, Florida.  In 1967 he was honored as the best public information officer in the Tactical Air Command. He was discharged in 1969 achieving the rank of captain. He then joined General Development Corporation in Miami, as editor of New Vistas Magazine.  While at General Development he was instrumental forming the Little Salt Spring Foundation to preserve and study a unique prehistoric underwater archeological site in North Port, Sarasota County, Florida.

In 1974 he joined the Smithsonian Institution in Washington where he served for 29 years before retiring as Curator/Director of the Office of Imaging and Photographic Services.  At the Smithsonian he headed the central office of staff photographers who provided original photography and designed, built and maintained an archival cold storage for the National Museum of American History National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. He also instituted a program for his staff photographers to document events of historic and cultural significance and designed and edited the book Reflections on the Wall, The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He retired from the Smithsonian in 2003.

Jim married Jolleen Allen in 1973 in Miami, Florida.  They were happily married for 47 years. Following his retirement Jim and Jolleen formed the company J&J Wallace Photography LLC, and traveled extensively in Florida and elsewhere-photographing wild birds and animals.  Jim was a member of The National Press Club, The National Press Photographers Association, White House News Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Society of Picture Professionals, the International Standards Organization, the Board of Advisors of the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, J. Henry and Elizabeth Maupin Wallace.

Jim is survived by his spouse Jolleen of Viera, Florida, his daughter, Maris Keiter (Wesley), granddaughters Bevin and Cassie and grandson Ryan of South Riding, Virginia; and his son James Wallace III and granddaughter Christina of Viera, Florida and Herndon, Virginia,