With the death Friday of Glenn Walker Wallace, Utah has lost one of its most outstanding citizens and generous benefactors.

A founder and former president of both the Utah Symphony and Ballet West, Mrs. Wallace was a long-time patron of the arts who fostered the remarkable cultural climate that makes Utah such a great place to live.Her many contributions to Utah must be measured in terms of more than her generous financial support to the arts. Likewise, her personal achievements must be measured in terms of more than the many national, international, and local honors that came her way.

Rather, her contributions and achievements also consisted of the vision and sensitivity it took to perceive the importance of the arts to individuals and the community, and the hard work she devoted to civic service.

Mrs. Wallace's involvement with the arts in Utah goes back many years. In 1924, she was instrumental in organizing the Salt Lake Symphony Orchestra. In 1930, she was one of three persons who formed the Civic Music Association. The Utah Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1939, again through efforts of Mrs. Wallace, who with her husband - John M. Wallace - encouraged its progress through the struggling formative years. In more recent years, Mrs. Wallace was known primarily for her efforts in behalf of dance.

To Mrs. Wallace's family and many friends and admirers, the Deseret News extends its condolences at her passing together with gratitude for her generous contributions and long service toward making Utah a better place to live.