The ISMA has lost a longtime, dedicated and very special employee. Dana Wallace died Saturday, Dec. 15, at his home in Indianapolis after a long battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed by his many ISMA friends and colleagues.
As the ISMA’s data manager for more than 30 years, Dana wrote the first program to computerize the association’s membership database on a mainframe computer. In the mid-1980s, he transitioned the ISMA to PCs and helped train staff to become proficient in the new technology. With the emergence of Internet and email, Dana put the ISMA online and was part of a team contributing to development of the ISMA’s website. Then, Dana smoothly transitioned the ISMA to new association membership software to more efficiently serve our members.
A native of Decatur, Illinois, Dana was a Purdue University graduate and always a loyal Boilermaker. He is survived by his partner of 32 years Bill Moldenhauer and three sisters. A celebration of life service is planned for Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2-4 pm, at the Crystal Terrace of the Columbia Club in Indianapolis.
Recently, Dana was concerned about the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s financial situation. To honor his life, memorial contributions may be made in Dana’s name to:
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, c/o Cindy McHone, 32 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.