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Dorothy Wallace Obituary

Dorothy McAdams Middaugh Wallace
Dorothy McAdams Middaugh Wallace

September 9, 1921 - January 31, 2019
Born in Gonzales, California
Resided in Salinas, California
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Dorothy McAdams Middaugh Wallace, a fourth generation Californian, died peacefully from congestive heart failure surrounded by her beloved family on January 31, 2019. She was 97 years old. The daughter of Minnie and Clarence McAdams, she was born in 1921 on River Road at her grandparents’ ranch (Henry and Aurelia Rianda). She was the mother of Michael, Mary, and Marcia. She outlived almost all of her contemporaries, but she continued to make many new, younger friends. She was an exciting, active woman who lived an exciting and active life. All her life she loved to go to parties and to give parties; she was truly a people person.
She attended Lincoln Elementary, Salinas High School and Hartnell College. She earned both her BA and MA degrees from Stanford University. She returned to Salinas and taught at Salinas Union High School. In 1945 she married Jack Middaugh and retired to raise a family. She and Jack loved the outdoors and together packed into Mt.Whitney, Trinity Alps, the Big Horn mountains in Wyoming and fished the Mexican waters for marlin.
In 1955 she returned to teaching and became Physical Education Department Chairman at Hartnell College. Besides being Aquatic Director and coaching women’s sports, she was the first woman at college level to coach men’s varsity sports - swimming and diving. She was Chairman of the Dance Association for the State of California. In 1960, she served as Chairman at the State Physical Education workshops at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She was instrumental in the development and organization of the California Field Hockey Association as well as the Northern California Women’s Basketball Association. She was the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and placed many students in life guard positions.
Dorothy was importantly instrumental in the passage of Title IX, working as a lobbyist in Sacramento. She was elected to the Ford California Sports Hall of Fame and was further recognized by the California State Assembly for her contribution to women’s education. She was an inspiration for her students who appreciated her as a mentor and friend. In 2005 she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Hartnell College.
Her belief in community service was evidenced by her involvement as a member and often chairman of a myriad of community groups and committees. She was the first woman to serve on the California Rodeo Committee as chairman of the Rodeo Sweetheart contest. She was Hostess of the Rodeo in 1938. She also served on the Arthritis Board and was Tri-County chairman of both Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls.
In her retirement she enjoyed tennis, golf, bridge clubs, Mahjong, Entre Nous, Nite Caps, Junior League, Monterey Symphony, and Corral de Tierra Country Club.
In 1999 she married Richard Wallace who shared her love of travel and with whom she visited many parts of the world.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, by Jack Middaugh in 1994, and Dick Wallace in 2004. She is survived by her three children Michael (Diane) Middaugh and Mary Church of Salinas and Marcia (William) Maloney of Alexandria, VA, and her sister Marilyn McAdams Mahan of Pasadena. She leaves five grandchildren and three step- grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and six step-great- grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all of them. Dorothy was an amazing individual who thoroughly enjoyed life. She loved deeply and was happiest surrounded by four generations of family and many good friends.
At the request of Dorothy, private entombment was held at the Garden of Memories in Salinas.
Contributions may be made in her memory to the Dorothy Wallace Hartnell College Scholarship Fund - Hartnell College Foundation, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901.

Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com




Garden of Memories Cemetery
850 Abbott ST
Salinas, CA US 93901
Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Hartnell College Foundation
411 Central AV
Salinas, CA US 93901
Hartnell College Scholarship Fund
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, California Monterey 93901