Wallace William Rich ’56 died on April 19, 2007, in Brunswick.
Wallace William Rich ’56 died on April 19, 2007, in Brunswick. Born on January 13, 1934, in Portland, he prepared for college at South Portland High School and at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1956, he served for two years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. After two years with a Portland insurance company, he worked in the bursar’s office at the College for three years and then became business manager of Detroit Country Day School in Lothrop Village, Mich. In 1966, he was recalled to active duty with the Marine Corps and saw service in Detroit, Mich., Washington, D.C., and Vietnam before retiring from the Marine Corps in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel. He earned 10 decorations and medals, including the Navy Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. After retiring from service in 1975, he owned several businesses, including Casey’s Restaurant in Damariscotta. As president of the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club, he organized the Damariscotta River Oyster Festival. He was also active in the Masons and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Surviving are his wife, Florence Paul Rice, whom he married in 1956; a daughter, Kimberly A. Rich of Portland; a son, Paul M. Rich of Edgecomb; a sister, Elizabeth Rich of New York City; and two granddaughters.