Wade passed away on March 8 in the Barnes-Jewish Rehabilitation Center from heart disease. He donated his body to science.
After receiving a Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee in 1961, Wade moved to St. Louis to join the Missouri Pacific Railroad which later merged with the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked in a variety of roles including design, implementation, and user education of sophisticated computer systems.
He joined the St. Louis Camera Club in 1970 and became active in the club holding almost every position including Mississippi Valley Chair, Newsletter Editor, Yearbook Editor, and President. He designed and set up the Club’s website and was Webmaster until 2013. He loved the club and was always helpful to anyone who had questions.
He joined the Photographic Society of America (PSA) in March 1971 and made many friends worldwide throughout the years while serving in a myriad of positions. Over the years, he received many prestigious PSA awards. He was particularly interested in technology and was always in the forefront when introducing new technology or streamlining systems for use by the membership. PSA exhibitions entered the digital age because of Wade’s efforts- he designed digital entries, payments and on-line catalogs and reports.
Wade was a terrific photographer and earned over 250 competition points in St. Louis competitions. He was particularly interested in photo essays. In PSA he earned many “stars” and earned the Excellent Photographer ranking. His knowledge and skills were widely recognized and as a result, he was asked to judge photo competitions hundreds of times across the country and in many foreign countries. Additionally, he was a prolific writer and speaker and presented many programs at conferences, seminars and clubs.
Wade was to have received the PSA Lifetime Achievement Award at the PSA conference in Yellowstone in September. Wade was notified of the award earlier this year and was very proud to be chosen for this award.
He will be missed by ALL OF US.