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of his institutional work were regarded as classical everywhere, and he has become
known as one of our foremost alienists.
Elected to the Presidency of his State Association, and honored among his
fellows, a new distinction was unanimously conferred upon this gifted son of the
South by the American Medico-Psychological Association in its annual meeting at
San Antonio, in 1903, by election to Honorary membership.
In this select circle of 24 eminent alienists in the United States and foreign
countries, his name appears with Regis, Florel, Yellowless, and Clouston, whose
achievements in mental medicine have become known of all men.
Early in 1891 Dr. Wallace returned to Waco, where he spent the
remainder of his life. In these years he did only the work of a
specialist and consultant in nervous disorders. He died November 21,
1911, having only a few days before completed his eighty-sixth year.
He was considered the first citizen of Waco and one of the
distinguished men of Texas, his name being "a talisman among the
older people of Texas for all that is honorable, upright, pure dignified,
and commendable among men."5
Gerard James Hinton, of Wake County, graduating from Wake
Forest in 1852, received his medical degree from the University of
Pennsylvania in 1858. Locating at Chester, South Carolina, he came
to an untimely death in 1858. John Cave Patterson, of Orange County
graduated in the class of 1854, and pursued his medical studies in
Philadelphia and New Orleans. He made his home at Chapel Hill and
spent his life there in the practice of his profession. Henry Hamilton
Harris of the class of 1856 won his medical degree at the University
of Pennsylvania. Returning to the home of his birth, in sight of the
College, a mile to the north, he joined the occupation of a planter to
that of physician. He died December 6, 1909. Of the class of 1858
two became physicians. One of these was William B. Watford, of
Bertie County. He pursued his medical studies in the University of
5 This account of Dr. Wallace has been compiled from the sketch quoted in the
Wake Forest Student, and from the article in the same, XXVIII, 320 ff.,
"Reminiscences of Old Wake Forest," by Dr. Wallace, and from an obituary notice
in the Bulletin of Wake Forest College, New Series, VII, 159 ff., based on an
account in a Waco Journal.