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Wallace, Loretta Mae



  • Existence: July 26, 1889 - August 7, 1978

Biographical Information

Loretta Mae Wallace, a native of Lafayette, Indiana, attended Purdue University and graduated in 1910 with a B.S. in Science. As a student, she was active in the Philalethean Society, Exponent Staff, Debris Staff, Girls' Glee Club, and Purdue Girls' Club. After graduating from Purdue, she earned an M.A. from Columbia University and Master's Diploma in Nutrition at Teachers College, both in 1911, followed by a Diploma in Domestic Art from Pittsburgh YWCA in 1913. She then returned to Purdue in 1914 as a faculty member in Home Economics.

In 1916, she married fellow class of 1910 graduate Raleigh Stachys Shade and moved with him to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she assisted him in operating oil and natural gas companies. They had two children, Mary Louise and Raleigh Wallace Shade.


1910 Debris Yearbook.


1916 Debris Yearbook.


Purdue Exponent, 6 October 1916.


Purdue Alumnus, March 1931, p. 3.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Loretta Mae Wallace photo album

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSA 327
Scope and Contents The Loretta Mae Wallace photo album was created by Wallace during her time as a Purdue student from 1906 to 1910, with most photos dating to 1908-1909. Photographs include campus scenes, buildings, Lafayette and surrounding areas, Mechanics Burning, a visit to Indiana University, Civil Engineering projects, and other scenes of student life.
Dates: 1909