Wallace Wilson Lueck
Lueck Wallace Wilson ``Doc'' of Golden Valley, on Wednesday, November 13, 2002. Preceded in death by loving wife, Phyllis. Beloved father of Christy Gay Lueck of Golden Valley and Lori Ann ``Daisy'' Lueck of Mesa, AZ, and their husbands, Michael Walz and Kelley Dwyer. Grandchildren Kacy and Chris Walz will miss their ``Grandpa'' and Kelsie and Kerie Dwyer will miss their ``Man''. Wallace is also survived by his sister, Helen Rosenwald; and many other friends and relatives. Wallace was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, the first child of the late Mary K. and Clinton C. Lueck and spent his childhood in and around Spiritwood, Nortonville, and Jamestown, North Dakota, moving to Minneapolis in his teens and graduating from Roosevelt High School. He will be greatly missed by his classmate, Dr. Charles Mehlum. Wallace attended the University of Minnesota and went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Class of 1942. He interned at William J. Seymour Hospital (Westland Medical Center) in Michigan and did his pediatric residency at Minneapolis General Hospital and the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis. Wallace became board certified as a pediatrician in 1950 with a subspecialty in pediatric allergy and immunology. Wallace's medical training was interrupted by World War II, during which he served at William Beaumont General Hosptial (Army) in El Paso, Texas, and was also assigned to active duty in Marlboro, England. Wallace met his future bride, Phyllis while serving at William Beaumont and they were married in Milwaukee in 1945. He received the Victory Medal, American Theatre Campaign Medal, and EAME Campaign Medal, and was honorably discharged from the Army on August 15, 1946 as a Captain-Medical Corps. Wallace entered private practice and had offices in the Physicians and Surgeons Building in downtown Minneapolis, on Lowry Avenue in North Minneapolis, and, finally in the Oakdale Medical Center across from North Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lueck also served on the academic faculty of the University of Minnesota as Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus. After more than twenty-five years of private practice, Wallace sold his practice and served as a physician at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, finally retiring in 1985. During his many years of practice, Wallace, at various times, was Chief of Staff at Glenwood Hills Hospital and Chief of Pediatrics at North Memorial Hospital, Glenwood Hills Hospital, and Eitel Hospital. He was also a long-time member of the American Medical Association, Minnesota Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Lueck's many years of practice involved innumerable office and hospital visits, house calls in the dead of winter, and long hours, yet he always maintained a passion for excellence and a commitment to serving his patients. His life touched many, and that made him proud. Wallace's spirit, dry sense of humor, love of joking with his associates and acquaintances, and ``humming'' will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Funeral Thursday 11 AM at Peace Lutheran Church, 4512 France Ave North, Robbinsdale. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation Wednesday 5-8 PM at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 39th & West Broadway and at church one hour before service. Memorials to Minnesota Medical Foundation or American Cancer Society. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511
Published on November 17, 2002
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