J. Emerson Wallace, 85, died May 14, 2010, after a brief stay at the Vermont Respite House in Williston. He was born April 17, 1925, in Brockton, Mass., to the late John W. Wallace and Colven (Crowe) Wallace.

He spent his early years in Braintree, Mass., middle school years in Bronxville, N.Y., and graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. In 1943 he joined the Marine Corps as a combat cinematographer and served in Bouganville in the South Pacific. After World War II he entered the University of Illinois where he completed a bachelor of science degree in 26 months and graduated in 1948. After college he was employed by the St. Regis Paper Company for two years before he attended Harvard Business School from which he graduated in 1952. In June 1951 he married Jeanne (Hallsteen) Wallace. After Harvard Business School he was employed by Regal Shoe Company, Florsheim Shoe Company and then Bostonian Shoe Company where he became vice president for retail sales. In 1971 he acquired Wilson Sports in Rutland, Vt., and in 1990 retired and moved to Camden. He returned to Vermont in 1999.

Emerson enjoyed swimming, tennis, horseback riding, skiing and, most of all, sailing. He was a member of the New Rochelle Yacht Club (New York), Chicago Yacht Club (Illinois), Hingham Yacht Club (Massachusetts), Rockport Boat Club (Maine) and Stowe Yacht Club (Vermont).

He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne, in 2002.

He is survived by his son, Scott, and his wife, Priscilla, and their sons, Andrew and Peter of Edina, Minn.; his son, Derek and his wife, Cynthia, of Amesbury, Mass.; his son, Peter and his wife, Kathleen, and their sons, Dylan and Connor of Nantucket, Mass.; his daughter, Kim and her husband, Peter, and their sons, Tyler, Cory and Ian of St. Albans, Vt.; and his dear friend and companion of seven years, Kathleen “Kitty” Hunt.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to COTS, P.O. Box 1616, Burlington, VT 05402. A service will be held Saturday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 38 South Winooski Ave. in Burlington, Vt. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland, Vt., at the convenience of the family.

Tossing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.