Community mourns loss of ULS grad killed in car crash

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 3, 2023

 Honor Wallace

Honor Wallace

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The community is mourning the loss of a bright young college student whose life ended too soon.

Honor Wallace, 19, of Grosse Pointe Woods, was a 2022 graduate of University Liggett School. A student at Southern Methodist University in Texas, media reports state that Wallace was killed by an alleged drunken driver during a crash Sept. 24 in Dallas.

“The SMU community is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Honor Wallace,” Dr. K.C. Mmeje, SMU vice president for student affairs, said in an emailed statement. “Honor was a valued member of our community, and we offer our heartfelt condolences and support to all who are affected by this loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and classmates during this difficult time.”

SMU Dean of Students Melinda J. Sutton, associate vice president for student affairs, communicated the terrible loss in an email to students and staff, as the school offered support and resources to those mourning Wallace’s death. Sutton said Wallace was pursuing degrees in Spanish and English.

“With deep sadness, I am writing to share news of the death of SMU student Honor Elizabeth Wallace, who passed away Sunday, September 24, 2023,” Sutton wrote. “Honor, 19, had just begun her sophomore year at SMU this Fall.”

Wallace’s alma mater was in mourning as well. ULS held a candlelight vigil to honor Wallace’s memory Sept. 28.

A statement from ULS said Wallace was a Liggett Merit Scholar and a “cherished and valued member” of the ULS community.

“Honor’s untimely passing has left a void in our hearts, as she was a beacon of light among us, known for her intelligence, kindness, and unwavering dedication to her studies and fellow students. Her absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing her,” the statement reads in part.

Wallace’s younger sister, Harper, is a member of the University Liggett School Class of 2024.

At press time, funeral information wasn’t yet available for Wallace.