UCLA Mourns the Passing of Dick Wallen
The UCLA Community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Richard "Dick" Wallen who starred on the 1956-58 Bruin football teams and earned consensus All-America accolades in 1957. Wallen, who was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2022 at the age of 84.
Coach Red Sanders converted Wallen from a wing back to an end where he was the Bruins' leading receiver for three straight seasons (23 catches in 1956, 20 in 1957 and 19 in 1958). In 1957, he led the team in interceptions and was the recipient of the W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the top player on the Pacific Coast. Wallen also earned consensus All-America honors from the Associated Press, All-American Football Coaches, Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Foundation that season. In 1958, he made a then school-record 10 catches in a game versus Florida.
Wallen majored in physics and minored in engineering at UCLA. He went on to receive his law degree from the University of Southern California and embarked on a career as a patent lawyer. Wallen practiced law for over 50 years appearing in courtrooms in both the United States and Europe.
Prior to coming to UCLA, Wallen was a multi-sport athlete who earned 11 letters in football, basketball, track and tennis while at Alhambra High School where he helped lead the Moors to a 1955 CIF basketball championship.
Wallen is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lorna, and his two daughters, Lisa (Honea) and Leslie (Long); sons-in-law Jeff Honea and Pat Long; his grandchildren Hayes and Hali Honea, Tommy and Brendan Long. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Venus Wallen and sister Gloria Davis. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 22 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the San Gabriel Country Club.