Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Charlie Wallace to retire as chaplain; Karen Wood will step into role

karen and charlieFor 27 years, Charlie Wallace has been a particularly eloquent (and occasionally hilarious) facilitator of spiritual growth, understanding, and connection with Willamette's Methodist heritage. He has touched countless lives, and, yes, married more WU alumni couples than any of us can keep track of.

He'll be retiring after this year, though he will remain on board afterward as a part-time professor in religious studies. Fans and supporters can come to campus soon for a reception in Goudy in honor of Wallace and all that he's done for the university.

Celebrating University Chaplain Charlie Wallace

Friday, April 20

3:30 - 5 p.m. | Goudy Commons


Memory Book contributions

We're putting together a memory book for Wallace; if you'd like to contribute to it, please email us at alumni@willamette.edu, send us a letter, or use the comment field on the RSVP page above. We would love to have your input. Entries should be no more than 400 words and need to be received by April 13.

Also, if you would like to make a charitable gift to the annual fund in honor of Charlie's service to the Willamette community, you can do so online, simply noting Charlie's name in the 'in honor' section. Checks may be sent to Annual Giving, Willamette University, 900 State Street, Salem OR 97301.

Karen Wood to assume role

Our consolation, of course, is that the Rev. Dr. Karen Wood (above, left), another longtime member of the Willamette community, will take over when Wallace retires. Many current and former students (and faculty, and staff, and Salem locals, and...) know Karen for her tireless work with the Lilly Project, as well as her role as a teacher and vocational mentor.