Dr. Dean Rae (Skip) Berg 1956-2007

Skip Berg Obit Photo

Dr. Dean Rae (Skip) Berg
Edmonds, WA

Clan Wallace Councilman, Skip passed away the night Aug. 11, 2007, of a sudden heart attack. He was 51 and leaves loving wife of 20 yrs. Kathy and Brother Neal Berg of Florida. He was a Doctor of Silviculture (Forestry Management.) while doing what he liked to do – dancing at an outdoor 60s RnR concert.

Skip was one of 12 1st- cousins of CWS Director Jim “Bowie” Wallace.  “I helped my Cousins Darrell Wallace and Skip Berg set up and convene the PNW Games in Enumclaw, WA in 2006, which they convened again in July 2007. – “Jim Bowie” Wallace

“Here is an impromptu photo memorial of Skip’s life, an extraordinary brother and eco-warrior. See: Dean Rae Berg Photo Memorial The childhood photos were taken by his loving and surviving father Don, while the later photos have come from family, friends and me. Kathy, his wife has just begun the planning stages of a formal celebration for the last weekend of September (9/29) in Seattle.”  – Neal Berg

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Robert J. Calhoun ????-2007

Robert J. Calhoun
Zionsville, PA

“It is with deep regret that I inform the Clan Wallace Society of the passing of Robert J. Calhoun, life member #1018 on May 23, 2007. Robert is survived by his wife Jean, two sons and a daughter. We both attended and graduated from Haverford H.S. in 1944-he in January, and I in June. The school is located in suburban Philadelphia PA. Robert served in the U.S. Army in WW II where he saw combat in the European theater. I have lost a good friend, and our Society has lost a man who served his country in a time of need.”

Submitted by Charles T. Wallace, Tucson, AZ


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Dr. Robert E. H. Puntenney 1917-2007

Dr. Robert E. H. Puntenney
McMinnville, OR

Robert E. H. Puntenney, M.D., a great supporter of the Clan Wallace Society and Scottish History, passed away suddenly at his home in McMinnville, OR, on January 1, 2007. He was 89 years old.

He was born in Holly, CO on September 7, 1917, to Elma Grace Wallace Puntenney and Francis Herbert Puntenney. His mother, a Wallace by birth, immigrated to America directly from Scotland.

He attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He then went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Kansas and a specialty in Urology at UCLA in California. From there he held multiple teaching positions at UCLA, Stanford University, University of Iowa, and University of Nebraska medical schools. In these positions he was the recipient of numerous professional medical awards and service commendations.

He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1953, entering the service at the beginning of World War II as an enlisted man. Soon he was promoted to an officer and rose through those ranks as well. In 1952 he married Rosemarie Daniels and began raising a family.

Prior to his retirement in 1978, he accepted a position with the Veterans Administration Hospitals as a Chief of Staff where he was dedicated to improving the services provided to military veterans. After retirement, he continued with active participation in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.

His personal beliefs held an extremely strong dedication not only to his total family, but also to his heritage and he passed that on to his children. His son, Robert A. Puntenney, had the pleasure of enrolling him as a Life Member in Clan Wallace in September 1998, in tribute to his Wallace heritage, of which he had a very strong pride.

He is survived by his wife, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 13 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was dearly loved by both his family and his medical patients, and will be deeply missed by all. The entire Clan Wallace Society expresses its heartfelt condolences to Rosemarie and her family.

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Leonard C. (Chuck) Bearman ????-2006

Leonard C. (Chuck) Bearman
Vadosta, GA

Leonard C. Bearman, known to all as Chuck, passed away on December 27, 2006. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Alta, and his daughter, Linda, as well as a large circle of people who felt honored that Chuck considered them his friends.

Chuck devoted his life to government service. After graduation from Tri State University with a degree in civil engineering, he served two years in the U.S. Army. Following his Army service, Chuck moved to the Army Corps of Engineers as a civil service employee and worked for the Corps for 35 years, including a number of years of overseas service in Austria and Italy.

Chuck also had a passion for flying and earned a private pilot’s license, using it to good effect as a member of the Florida Coast Guard Auxiliary, assisting in search and rescue operations and drug smuggling interdiction. Other favorite hobbies of Chuck were bowling and golf. He was also a Master Mason.

Chuck’s real passion was his Scottish heritage. It was in this that he had a significant impact on everyone that is proud to be a Scot. Among his many accomplishments:

President of the Alexandria Virginia Highland Games, which under Chuck’s stewardship went from one to two days;
Life member of the St. Andrews Society of Washington D.C.;
Assisted with the formation of the Council of Scottish Clans and Associations (COSCA);
Charter member and founder of the Tartan Educational and Cultural Association (TECA);
Served as a director of the Tartan Authority Scotland;
Founded the St. Andrews Society of Valdosta, Georgia;
Served as a board member of Clan McIntosh;
Served as a board member and past president of Clan Wallace Society Worldwide, for which Chuck received the Clan Wallace Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chuck prided himself on helping others, especially young people. He also had a wicked sense of humor that took no prisoners. He will be greatly missed.

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