Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 150


Dana Edmund Wallace was born in Lisbon, Maine in 1917. He participated in track and field in high school, and attended Bates College, class of 1939. Dana taught for several years before three and a half years of service during WWII as a meteorologist in England. In 1946 he became the assistant research director of the Sea and Shore Fisheries Department in Maine. He was co- chair, Biology Committee, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and served on the Clam Council as well.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Bates College; Maine Legislature 1946-1949; Muskie as governor; environmental protection; Clean Water Act; Harry Rowe; Depression era Lisbon and Central Maine; Brooks Quimby and debating; Frank Coffin; National Youth Administration; Bob Kinney; recollections of bombing in WWII England; Wallace’s unit during WWII was brought back to the U. S. to be trained to go to Japan for the first wave of attacks before bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and the Department of Sea and Shore Fisheries established in 1895.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.