Remembering George Wallace NPR's Debbie Elliott reports on George Wallace, the former Alabama Governor and Presidential candidate, who died yesterday in Montgomery at age 79. Wallace had Parkinson's disease and a severe bacterial infection. During the 1960's, he personified resistance to racial equality and the Civil Rights movement. During the 1972 Presidential campaign, he was paralyzed in an assassination attempt. In later life, Wallace recanted his racist views and asked for the forgiveness of black Americans.