Wallace Earl Dreyer

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Wallace Earl Dreyer

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Wallace Earl Dreyer was raised in Marlin, Texas, where he participated in the photography club at his high school. Dreyer’s parents were Bruno G. Dreyer and Louise Bertha Hoting Dreyer, who married in 1921 in Giddings, Texas. Dreyer had two siblings, a brother, James Lee Dreyer and a half-sister, Virginia Hoting, who was his father’s illegitimate daughter from an affair with Bertha Hoting Dreyer’s sister. Dreyer attended the University of Texas and graduated in 1943, and also served in the Armed Forces Infantry from 1941 to 1942. During his military service, Dreyer fought in the Battle of Bastogne in Europe during World War II and also participated in the liberation of camps in Germany. He obtained his x-ray technician certification at Torbett Clinic and Hospital in 1951. In 1960, while he was an Associate Professor at Student Memorial Union at Texas A&M College, he married Evelyn Gay Turner, a teacher at Baylor University, who was a fellow artist. The Dreyers moved to New York, where they operated an art gallery and sold their paintings. Dreyer was a contemporary photographer as well as a painter; he favored discarded items as his subjects. His wife was a sculptor as well as a painter. Both taught in the Art Department of Old Dominion University beginning in 1966. Wallace was an adjunct assistant professor and director of the photography program. Evelyn Gay was an Assistant Professor of Art. Both retired in 1980. Wallace Dreyer died in Norfolk, Virginia in 1993.



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