Life well lived: Basketball pioneer and lawyer Perry Wallace dies at 69


Perry Wallace was one of the only African-American students on campus when he attended Vanderbilt University in the 1960s, and was the first African-American ever to play varsity basketball in the SEC. Wallace went on to be drafted by the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, and eventually became a trial lawyer for the Justice Department. He died last week at the age of 69 after battling cancer.