Harvey Wallace, Fresno State trim professor and former Fresno city attorney, dies

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Harvey Wallace, Fresno State trim professor and former Fresno city attorney, dies

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 28, 2007, for Fresno State criminology professor Harvey Wallace, 62, a prolific textbook author, decorated Marine veteran and former city attorney for Fresno, who died unexpectedly Thursday, June 21.

Mr. Wallace was chair of the Criminology. Department for six years and also served interim associate dean for the College of Social Sciences before returning to the faculty ranks.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lisle Funeral Home, located at L and Calaveras in downtown Fresno. A viewing will be on Wednesday, June 27, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Services will be on Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m. followed by a graveside service at the Clovis Cemetery. A reception will follow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dominion Courtyard at Shepherd and Cedar Avenues.

He joined the criminology faculty at California State University, Fresno as an associate professor in 1992. From 1997 to 2003, he chaired the Criminology Department and in recent years helped spearhead the university’s first Mock Trial Program.

Mr. Wallace was considered an expert in the area of Victimology and Family Violence. He was most recently teaching in the Victim Services Summer Institute presented by the Criminology Department as part of its Victim Services Certificate Program from June 11-22. The institute draws individuals working with the victims of violent crime in agencies such as rape counseling programs, domestic violence programs and victim/witness programs.

“Harvey was a great teacher, scholar and powerful advocate for victims of crime,” said Dr. Luz Gonzalez, dean of the College of Social Sciences.

Mr. Wallace was the Criminology Department’s most prolific textbook author, said Thomas Dull, interim chair of the department. He wrote nine textbooks covering Victimology, criminal law, criminology, police administration, interpersonal communication and multicultural issues. Dull said his text, “Family Violence: Legal, Medical and Social Perspectives-4th Edition,” is considered one of the leading texts in the field of Victimology. His most recent area of research was on the topic of “Human

Trafficking” and he was scheduled to teach a graduate level special topic course in this area this fall semester.

“Harvey had already started conducting international level research in human trafficking and was outlining a new chapter in his Family Violence textbook on this topic,” Dull said.

Mr. Wallace was a member of the Criminology Graduate Faculty Group and taught the core graduate level Legal oriented course each year. He served as adviser and mentor to many graduate students.

He was a leader in developing the Criminology Honors Program and was recently appointed interim director of the program.

The mock trial team, for which Mr. Wallace was lead coach and faculty adviser, made an impressive showing in its first two years against established powerhouses. During regional competition in February, the team narrowly missed qualifying for the national competition in a near upset of defending national champion UCLA.

Within the last two weeks, the American Mock Trial Association contacted Mr. Wallace to inquire about Fresno State hosting the 2007-08 AMTA Western Regional competition.

“This was a tremendous honor considering that in past years only the top-tier universities, such as UCLA and USC, have hosted the regional,” Dull said. “He had already established a home-and-away competition with UCLA for this coming year. Under his leadership, our Mock Trial Program has made unbelievable progress.”

Mr. Wallace also provided expert commentary to news media on various criminology topics, most notably victim issues in the Wesson mass murder case that occurred in Fresno in 2004.

Mr. Wallace served as Fresno’s city attorney from 1987 to 1992 before returning to his alma mater to teach.

He earned a bachelor of science at Fresno State in 1966, an MPA at Golden Gate University, San Francisco in 1989 and a juris doctorate from California Western School of Law, U.S. International. University in 1974.

Mr. Wallace was a retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a platoon commander in Viet Nam (1967-68) and served with the Marine Expeditionary Force in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm (1990-91). Among his numerous campaign and service ribbons, he has received the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

“Harvey was a scholar, mentor, author, colleague, patriot, loving father and grandfather who will be dearly missed by his family and friends, the department, the university and the community,” Dull said.

He is survived by his brother, Charles Wallace; his children, Tim Leonard, Laura Pattillo and Christine Wallace; his grandchildren, Billy Neely, Brianne Moss and Samuel Wallace.

The cause of death has not been determined.