Snapshots of St. George's
Following a 43-year career providing medical care and compassion to hundreds of St. George’s students, School Physician Dr. Robin Wallace announced this week he would retire at the end of this school year. In a faculty meeting Monday Head of School Eric Peterson called Robin “one of the giants” of the St. George’s faculty who has devoted his life to caring for others.
Born and educated in England, a Vietnam veteran and a longtime pediatrician at the Aquidneck Medical Center in Newport, Dr. Wallace was integral in establishing the modern health center we have today and elevating the importance of preventing, not just treating illness.
Throughout his tenure on the Hilltop Dr. Wallace has also shown that his dedication to St. George’s and the care of its students extended beyond the Health Center walls. To this day, he remains a dedicated supporter of St. George’s athletics, an enthusiastic helper with the Christmas Festival, and a near fixture at music, theater and chapel events. In 1995 he was awarded the Helen Porter Dyke Chair for the Support of Students, awarded to “a member of the faculty or health services staff whose special care and concern for the health and overall well-being of students transcend daily labors and help make St. George’s School a nurturing community in which to grow and learn.”
Dr. Wallace also holds near-celebrity status among the local sailing community. A longtime race manager for some of the region’s most preeminent regattas, his passion for the sport, which he learned from his parents at a young age, drove him to co-found Sail Newport, one of the largest public sailing programs in New England.
If you wish to share an anecdote about Doc Wallace, or send your appreciation, please share your thoughts on our tribute page. View Sail Newport’s recent tribute video for Robin, co-produced by Joe Berkeley ’84.