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'60 Minutes' Newsman Mike Wallace Leaves Journalism Docs to Alma Mater

By James Fanelli | September 25, 2012 6:43am

UPPER EAST SIDE — Mike Wallace, the "60 Minutes" correspondent who grilled disgraced officials, peppered despots with withering questions and coaxed whistleblowers into industry-shaking interviews, left all the documents and memorabilia from his legendary journalism career to his alma mater.

In his will, filed in Manhattan Surrogate Court last week, the TV newsman instructed that his "notes, scripts, files, journals, logs, manuscripts" and all his tape and audio reels become part of the Mike Wallace Archives at the University of Michigan.

A 1939 graduate of the school, Wallace also stipulated that "all intellectual property and interests relating to my professional career" go the archives, according to the will.

Wallace spent more than 50 years in journalism and banked some hefty paydays. At the time of his death earlier this year, he was worth $21 million, according to his will.

He left the majority of his estate to his third wife, Mary Yates Wallace. However, she died on Sept. 1 at 83. The will stipulated that after her death, the remainder of his assets be divvied up into trusts he set up for his son, Fox News anchor Christopher Wallace, and his stepchildren, Pauline Dora, Eames Yates and Angus Yates.

Wallace, who lived on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side, died at 93 on April 7 in a Connecticut care facility.

A lawyer for Wallace did not respond to a request for comment.