Walter Raymond Wallace Sr.

Age 85 He was commander of Maryland Toll Facilities Police

August 05, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Walter Raymond Wallace Sr., former commander of what was then called the Maryland Toll Facilities Police, died of a stroke Saturday at his Westminster home. He was 85.

Mr. Wallace was born and raised in Baltimore and was a graduate of city public schools.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served in the engine room of the destroyer USS Woolsey in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1948 and remained active in the Naval Reserve.

He joined the Maryland Toll Facilities Police in 1957 and later was promoted to commander. He attained the rank of major and retired in 1980. The agency is now called the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

The longtime Randallstown resident, who had lived in Westminster since 1996, enjoyed working on home-improvement projects and watching television.

He was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster.

His wife of 34 years, the former Dorothy A. Stein, died in 1979.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

Surviving are two sons, Walter R. "Chip" Wallace Jr. of Manchester and Keith A. Wallace of Westminster; a daughter, Wendy Marie Wallace of Westminster; a brother, Neal Wallace of Jacksonville, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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