Dr. Wallace ends a long, illustrious career at 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 spring he would retire at the end of this school year. In a faculty meeting April 3 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. Read more here.
If you wish to share an anecdote about Doc Wallace, or send your appreciation, please share your thoughts on this tribute page.
Appreciation and Tributes
"Dr. Wallace - you saw me through a nasty burst appendix and a followup surgery due to infection. As a kid 3,000 miles from home those should have been some scary times, but your sense of humor and clearly conveyed competence made me feel like I was in good hands. I really have very fond memories of the care I received from you, and since I'm still here 37 years later clearly I was right in placing my trust and confidence in you! Congratulations and best wishes for a well-earned retirement!"
—Rust Muirhead ’81
Doc Wallace was one of the most genuine and caring individuals I was able to share my SG experience with. His passion for the varsity hockey team as well as his love for getting to know the students around campus was unparalleled. You'll be missed, Doc!
—Tim Baumann ’16
Doc, I miss riding the bus with you to all of those hockey games. Thanks for all of your help and guidance along the way.
—Director of Admission Ryan Mulhern ’91
What an honor it was to work with you on behalf of the students at St. George's School. No matter what time of day or night students needed your help, you were always there. Besides the care that you provided to students, few know the many hours of behind-the-scenes work that you spent communicating with the state of Rhode Island I on health regulations and how those regulations affect a private boarding school. You are one of a kind and will be sorely missed.
—Carol Hamblet, former faculty member
First met Robin in Can Tho, South Vietnam, where we discovered we were both from Newport serving in the U.S. Army on the other side of the world. Always a gentleman, a consummate and skilled physician, Robin is a rock star in the local sailing community and at St George's. A more solid and compassionate man I have not met. Congratulations and best wishes, Robin!
—Steve Bakios P'05, '08
Doc Wallace, you were an amazing resource as a student and the manifestation of the ideal boarding school physician. Your humor and care were some of the greatest aspects of St. George's for me, in the doctor's office and beyond. I wish you the best of luck in future endeavors and you will certainly be missed.
—Alec Goodrich ’14
Robin was among the first faculty I met at St. George's. He had a tremendous impact on my introduction to the school, to Newport, and to the race committee at New York Yacht Club. ... I am indebted to him for his generous, kind, and thoughtful assistance following our meeting in 2002. Working with him on the water and on the Hilltop have been among my fondest memories.
Godspeed, Dr. Wallace!
—Clare Harrington, former faculty
Hi Dr. Wallace,
Thank you so much for getting your reluctant patient, Mac Allen, through his tis/fib break. ... I cannot thank you and your team for all that you did for him and me in particular. Having him at home with stairs would have been impossible!
Good luck with your next chapter- I hope it will evolve lots of sailing!
All the best,
Robin Allen, P’19
Best wishes Dr. Wallace with your upcoming retirement.
May you enjoy each and every day to its fullest.
Thank you for taking care of my son Andrew Lynch during his time at St. George's.
—Allysen Lynch P ’14
Kindest man in Newport. I remember how well he cared for my children and many others during his private practice. And later at SG, along with his many community contributions and the many years he took such good care of his mother at his home. I hope you enjoy many more years to come, you deserve it.
—Charlie Vaillancourt P’02
Doc, an illustrious career tending to all the dragons that have passed through the hill top during you tenure, a huge thank you for everyone I know you took care of during that time. See you on the water ...
—Chris McNally ’93
Thanks Robin for your great service through the years. I look forward to seeing you on the water!
—Bill Buell ’70
Thank you, Doc Wallace!
—Caroline Guenther ’06
Dr. Wallace: Your kindness and generosity of spirit will never be forgotten ... including coming to the Newport Hospital on Christmas Eve 1988 in the middle of the night to tend to my daughter, who was 7 months old at the time.
—Elena Thornton Kissel ’77
Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your decades of service to the school and community. ... Piling on here, I too want to thank you for helping me recover from a pretty serious leg injury my junior year. When I had the opportunity to see you just this past fall, I was so impressed that you even remembered it. Anyway, thank you again for your care during that time, and getting me back on the field.
—Peter Barbaresi ’77
Thanks, Dr., for taking care of my son and his colleagues. Best of luck!
—Ahmed Atef P’20
Robin, Salutations and Godspeed to a fine, kind, skilled "Doc" and sailor. And, of course, everyone loves your plummy accent!
From an old admirer,
—Jon Isham ’46
I am proud to say I never spent a night in the infirmary at SGS, thanks to the good care of Doc Wallace and Nurse Kincaid! I remember Doc more for his enthusiastic support of all things SG and being such a positive part of the SG community. And of course your significant contributions to the sailing community are well know and greatly appreciated. Hope to see you on the docks soon!
—Howard Lapsley ’83
Dear Doc, I will never forget the night I broke my thumb the night before the Bermuda Race in 1990 and you drove down to Bowen's Wharf, picked me up and took me to your office at 1 a.m. to get a splint on me. You are a very good man and I wish you the very best. Warmest Regards,
—Tucker Edmundson ’77
Dr. Wallace was my physician before I went to SG, while I was at SG and after I left. In fact, he had to (nicely) kick me out when I came into his office at 25 years old with a sore throat, saying I was a bit too old for a pediatrician. He also had occasion to toss me out of a few sailboat races in his role as a rules judge. Congrats on a great career and see you on the water!
—John Alofsin ’80
Dr. Wallace, thank you very much for your excellent medical service rendered to my grandson Omari Davis. I wish you good health and happiness in your retirement.
—Myrtis Davis GP ’16
Just wanted to thank you for everything you did for me and the hockey team during my time at SG
PS Never knew Starbursts and Gatorade were such a great mix!
—Kevin Shelton ’09
Dear Dr. Wallace,
Thank you for being our children's first pediatrician- you were there from day 1!
Later on, they joined you on the Hilltop. We are grateful to this day for your loving and selfless care when Kai had a nasty leg infection. You saw him daily and were in close contact with his pediatrician, taking pictures and sending texts to her, on Kai's phone. You are a true gentleman and we will miss you. Congratulations on your retirement and all the best!
—Grit Nanfelt P’16, ’17
Dr. Wallace - you were my pediatrician from the first moments of my life and gave me great advice to be able to succeed at SG. You also mentored my brother Aaron in sailing. You made a mark on my family whether you were aware or not. Enjoy your retirement, which I'm sure will be quite active.
—Rachel (Corey) Reetz ’96
Doc Wallace was at the hospital with my son Tim Baumann even before I arrived. Tim had the top of his foot sliced open in a hockey mishap. Doc stayed the entire time, late into the night, until he was sure everything was okay. I will never forget that commitment. Thanks for that Doc, and so much more. I'm glad Tim was a Dragon while you were a part of the St. George's community/family.
—Andrew Baumann P’16
Dear Dr. Wallace,
I wonder who will be your next patient after SG? It's impossible to believe you might focus on some smaller definition of family.
You took care of me, my roommates (details never to be disclosed), and now are overseeing my son. Maybe only you can get that carpet in Arden replaced ... Have a joyous Easter, and look forward to spending time - maybe the first time ever - on your own interests.
If you decide that's not enough, please do come back to SG :)
—Amanda Kelly ’84
Unbelievably understanding man and stalwart hockey fan! Congratulations and best of luck on your next chapter!
—David Mitchell ’00
Doc Wallace ... Couldn't you have waited until Matt graduated?!!! LOL Thank you so much for all your personal attention to Will and Matt over the years. We are so grateful.
—Megan & John Logue P’16, ’20
Thank you for alll your years at SG. You helped me through some tough injuries. I will always remember a few of us helping you out at NYYC in the winters. Thank you and congratulations.
—John Vandemoer ’96