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Andrew Brabner Wallace Sr.
(1842-1923)
Madora Crosby Vaille
(1857-1940)
Norman Wallace
(1893-1969)
Marjorie Robbins
(1894-)

Joanne Wallace
(1920-2006)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Gov. Robert Dunkerson Orr

Joanne Wallace

  • Born: 7 Nov 1920, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States 1 2 3 4
  • Marriage (1): Gov. Robert Dunkerson Orr
  • Died: 10 Oct 2006, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States at age 85 2 3 4

bullet   Another name for Joanne was Josie.

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bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Travel: from Boulogne Sur Mer, France onboard the Veendam and arrived, 18 Sep 1926, New York, New York, New York, United States. 5

Travel: from Hamilton, Bermuda onboard the Bermuda and arrived, 5 Apr 1928, New York, New York, New York, United States. 6

Census: 1930 United States Federal: Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. 1

Travel: from Southampton, England onboard the Normandie and arrived, 31 Aug 1936, New York, New York, New York, United States. 7

Travel: from Glasgow, Scotland onboard the Caledonian and arrived, 15 Aug 1937, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. 8

Census: 1940 United States Federal: Longmeadow, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States. 9

Obituary: The Indianapolis Star, 15 Oct 2006, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States. 10

Joanne W. Orr
Joanne Wallace Orr 85, the former First Lady of Indiana, whose dashing youth as a race car driver and military pilot with the WASP during WWII, went on to share the spotlight with her former husband, Robert D. Orr, who was Governor of Indiana and then Ambassador to Singapore, died October 10, 2006 following a brief illness at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. Joanne Wallace was born in 1920 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and went by Josie all her life. Her father, Norman Wallace, co-owned Forbes & Wallace, Springfield's flagship department store. She grew up at Scotsmore, the family's Longmeadow home where she no doubt absorbed decorating skills from her gifted mother, the former Marjorie Robbins, whose gimlet eye assembled a splendid and gracious home. An avid equestrian, during her early adolescence, Josie once stowed away on a boxcar with her horse to reach Massachusetts from Maine. She attended McDuffy School for Girls and Finch College in New York before enlisting in the military with the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) for WWII. The WASP ferried warplanes from factories to airfields, and returned planes crippled from the battlefields for repairs. In this role, she soloed every type of military aircraft, especially those so crippled "that men refused to fly them," she used to remark, before her honorable discharge on December 4, 1944 at Randolph, Texas. Ten days later, she and Robert D. Orr, the Yale College classmate of her brother, Lawrence Wallace, were married in Springfield, Massachusetts. The newlyweds set up temporary residence for a few years in Washington, D.C., before moving to Evansville, Indiana, where Mr. Orr was a sixth generation native. While Mr. Orr pursued an entrepreneurial business career, Mrs. Orr commenced her interests in landscape gardening, interior decorating and the launching of a lifelong devotion to the visual and performing arts. In Evansville, while designing landscape, interiors and extensions to the family home and involving herself in local community affairs, she raised three children. Always a lover of daring, she made a grand tour with her two daughters to all the most notorious rollercoasters around the country. While driving through Kansas, she suddenly was confronted with one of the worst tornados on record twisting her way. She paused momentarily to take stock of all manner of life scurrying for cover. Then, evincing less trepidation than Moses did at the portentous tempest that harassed entry to his parting sea, she gleefully remarked to her white knuckled passengers, "Wow, we can finally make good time," and floored it to rocket through the newly opened way. In the mid-70s, with all the children starting their own families, Mr. Orr changed his career from business to politics and the couple moved to Indianapolis. Mr. Orr, a Republican, won elections first as State Senator for one term, then as Lt. Governor for two terms and finally as Governor for two terms (1981-89) during the Reagan years. During that time, Mrs. Orr redecorated the Lt. Governor's Office in the Capitol Building, and as First Lady redecorated the Governor's Residence, all with gifts and privately raised funding. When Mr. Orr was appointed Ambassador to Singapore (1989-91), she redecorated the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Singapore, again with gifts and donations she raised. After 56 years of marriage, the Orrs were divorced in 2000. Throughout her political and diplomatic careers, Mrs. Orr raised awareness, attention and funding for the visual and performing arts in Indiana and elsewhere. Mrs. Orr took a leading role in starting the Indiana Arts Commission. A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Indiana, Mrs. Orr was active in a long list of community affairs for which she received an Honorary Degree from the University of Southern Indiana, the Sagamore of the Wabash award, and a State of Indiana, Honorary Teacher's License for K-12. She served on numerous boards and was otherwise involved, including as Kenmore Association Regent, the Indianapolis Symphony Society, the Ballet Internationale, the Indianapolis Opera, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Decorative Arts Society and Trust, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Children's Museum, the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Rug and Textile Society, the Asian Art Society, the IMA & Horticultural Society, the Children's Zoo, People of Vision, the Family Support Center Auxiliary, the Theatre Arts Guild, The State Assembly Women's Club, Clowes Hall Women's Committee, Traders Point Hunt Club, the Hoosier Salon Guild, the University of Southern Indiana, the Festival Music Society, the Fine Arts Society, the Historical Landmarks Foundation, the Museum of Miniature Houses, the National Museum of women in the Arts, the Indianapolis Historical Society, the Indianapolis Repertory Theater, the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Indianapolis Civic Theater, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Colonial Dames, the Meridian Hill Country Club, and the Woodstock Club. Mrs. Orr died peacefully as bagpipes trumpeted her transition in the manner to which she was accustomed. She is survived by her sister, Marjorie Wallace Pierce of Brewster, Massachusetts, her son Robert D. Orr, Jr. an architect of New Haven, Connecticut, her daughters. Susan Orr Jones and Robbins Orr Hail, both organic growers of Osceola, Missouri, eight grand children and four great-grandchildren. There will be no funeral, but a memorial service is planned for next May. Current Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has order that flags be flown at half mast throughout the state. Those wishing to make donations in her honor, are urged to contribute to The Joanne W. Orr Charitable Fund, c/o The Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), 615 North Alabama St., Suite 119, Indianapolis, IN 46204.


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Joanne married Gov. Robert Dunkerson Orr. (Gov. Robert Dunkerson Orr was born on 17 Nov 1917 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States 11 12 13 and died on 10 Mar 2004 in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States 11 12 13.)


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Sources


1 1930 United States Federal Census (Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930.T626, 2,667 rolls.).

2 U.S. Social Security Death Index (Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2006.),

Name: Joanne W. Orr
Last Residence: 46260 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
Born: 7 Nov 1920
Died: 10 Oct 2006
State (Year) SSN issued: Massachusetts (Before 1951).

3 "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," database, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com/);

Name: Joanne Wallace
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 7 Nov 1920
Birth Place: Springfield, Massachusetts
Father Name: Norman Wallace
Mother Name: Marjorie Robbins
Death Date: 10 Oct 2006
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Mar 1943: Name listed as JOANNE WALLACE; Dec 1971: Name listed as JOANNE WALLACE ORR; 17 Oct 2006: Name listed as JOANNE W ORR

4 "Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011," database, Ancestry.com(htp://www.ancestry.com/);

Name: Joanne W Orr
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 85
Marital Status: Divorced
Birth Date: 7 Nov 1920
Birth Place: Springfield, Massachusetts
Death Date: 10 Oct 2006
Death Place: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA
Father: Norman Wallace
Mother: Marjorie Wallace

5 New York Passenger Lists (Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data:
New York. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Micropublication M237. Rolls # 95-580. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
New York. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. Micropublication T715. Rolls # 5592-6267. National Archives, Washington, D.C.),

Name: Joanne Wallace
Arrival Date: 18 Sep 1926
Estimated birth year: 1921
Age: 5
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Boulogne Sur Mer, France
Ship Name: Veendam
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Nativity: Massachusetts
Line: 8
Microfilm Serial: T715
Microfilm Roll: T715_3928
Birth Location: Massachusetts
Birth Location Other: Springfield
Page Number: 18
.

6 New York Passenger Lists (Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data:
New York. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Micropublication M237. Rolls # 95-580. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
New York. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. Micropublication T715. Rolls # 5592-6267. National Archives, Washington, D.C.),

Name: Joanne Wallace
Arrival Date: 5 Apr 1928
Estimated birth year: 1920
Age: 7
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Hamilton, Bermuda
Ship Name: Bermuda
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Nativity: Massachusetts
Line: 25
Microfilm Serial: T715
Microfilm Roll: T715_4239
Birth Location: Massachusetts
Birth Location Other: Springfield
Page Number: 221
.

7 New York Passenger Lists (Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data:
New York. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Micropublication M237. Rolls # 95-580. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
New York. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. Micropublication T715. Rolls # 5592-6267. National Archives, Washington, D.C.),

Name: Joanne Wallace
Arrival Date: 31 Aug 1936
Estimated birth year: abt 1921
Age: 15
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Southampton, England
Ship Name: Normandie
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Nativity: Massachusetts
Line: 20
Microfilm Serial: T715
Microfilm Roll: T715_5856
Birth Location: Massachusetts
Birth Location Other: Springfield
Page Number: 82
Port Arrival State: New York
Port Arrival Country: United States
.

8 Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943 (Ancestry.com. Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1943 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data:
Boston, Massachusetts. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891-1943. Micropublication T843. RG085. Rolls # 1-454. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Boston, Massachusetts. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1891. Micropublication M277. RG036. Rolls #1-115. National Archives, Washington, D.C.),

Name: Joanne Wallace
Arrival Date: 15 Aug 1937
Age: 18 Years
Estimated birth year: abt 1919
Gender: Female
Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland
Ship Name: Caledonian
Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts
Microfilm Roll Number: 427.

9 1940 U.S. census, population schedule, Longmeadow, sheet 3B, household 59; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com/); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T627.

10 The Indianapolis Star, 15 Oct 2006, online archives (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?n=joanne-w-orr&pid=144745620#fbLoggedOut).

11 U.S. Social Security Death Index (Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2006.),

Name: Robert D. Orr
Last Residence: 46240 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States of America
Born: 17 Nov 1917
Died: 10 Mar 2004
State (Year) SSN issued: Indiana (Before 1951).

12 "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," database, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com/);

Name: Robert Dunkerson Orr
SSN: 308143442
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Date: 17 Nov 1917
Birth Place: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Father Name: Samuel L Orr
Mother Name: Louise Dunkerson
Death Date: 10 Mar 2004
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Aug 1938: Name listed as ROBERT DUNKERSON ORR; 23 Mar 2004: Name listed as ROBERT D ORR

13 "Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011," database, Ancestry.com(htp://www.ancestry.com/);

Name: Robert D Orr
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 86
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 17 Nov 1917
Birth Place: Ann Arborg Michigan
Death Date: 10 Mar 2004
Death Place: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA
Father: Sam Orr
Mother: Louise Orr
Spouse: Mary Kay Orr


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