Robert M. Wallace, opera and choral singer

The Baltimore Sun

Robert MacDonald Wallace, who taught voice and sang with choral groups and opera companies, died from complications of leukemia at the University of Pennsylvania hospital Jan. 28. He was 53.

Mr. Wallace was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. He was a 1973 graduate of Towson High School, where he had been a member of the school choir and played varsity basketball, and track and field.

He attended the former Western Maryland College and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In 1980, he moved to Philadelphia where he studied voice at the Academy of Vocal Arts.

A bass baritone, Mr. Wallace sang professionally as a church soloist in Baltimore and Philadelphia, as well as with choral groups and opera companies.

For years, the Manayunk, Pa., resident had been on the faculties of Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, and at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., where he taught voice.

Mr. Wallace enjoyed gardening and vacationing at a second home in Milton, Del.

"He had a full garden on the garage roof of his home in Manayunk," said a brother, Galen A. Wallace of Towson.

Mr. Wallace also enjoyed playing basketball and was a fan of the 1963 Triumph 3, which he had owned and planned to restore.

A memorial concert will be held at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia on March 8, his brother said.

The time for the service had not yet been set, he said.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson.

Also surviving is his companion of 30 years, John S. Kennedy; his parents, John and Pamela Wallace of Towson; a sister, Helen Huse Ralston of Jeffersonville, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

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