When Milton Wolf earned his Ph.D. in economics from Case Western Reserve University in 1993, he celebrated like any other student: he marched with his classmates; his wife threw a big party for family and friends.
It was, however, a combined party. It was also Wolf’s 70th birthday.
“Education was of the utmost importance to our parents,” recalls Caryn Wolf Wechsler, one of four children of Milton Albert Wolf (CIT ’54, GRS ’73, CWR ’80, GRS ’93) and Roslyn Zehman Wolf (WRC ’77, MGT ’81). “They were both incredibly proud of their educational accomplishments and their association with Case Western Reserve.”
The Wolf Family has designated an original commitment of $3.4 million to create the Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Scholarship. The fund honors the public service and community and philanthropic leadership of Milton and Roslyn Wolf, who died in 2005 and 2001, respectively.
Among his many achievements, Milton Wolf was a highly decorated U.S. ambassador to Austria (1977-1980), governor of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and member or trustee of numerous policy and research organizations, including the Council on World Affairs.
In addition to serving on the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1999, Wolf served on the boards of The Ohio State University, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He was also active in the Jewish community on both a local and national level, serving as president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, among many other organizations.
Roslyn Wolf was equally committed to civic leadership, serving as a trustee-at-large on the Jewish Community Federation Board and on the Boards of Cleveland State University, the Great Lakes Science Center and Museum, and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
“Our father was a supreme diplomat,” says Wechsler. “He was charming and sincere and interested in everyone. He was a great man on his own, but our mother smoothed the way and cleared any obstacles, so he could concentrate on his work. Theirs was more than a partnership—it was a love affair.”
The leadership qualities Milton and Roslyn Wolf exemplified are reflected in the selection criteria for all Wolf Scholars, which emphasize character and demonstrated potential to make a difference in the world through leadership.
“Having answered the call to civic engagement with enthusiasm and dedication, our parents were an inspiration to us and others around them,” notes daughter Nancy G. Wolf, M.D, Ph.D. “They brought their full selves to everything they did. It is the legacy they left to us as their children, and it is a legacy we want to impart to future Wolf Scholars.”
Beginning with the inaugural recipient this past fall, the scholarship provides full tuition, room, board, fees, books, and summer experiences throughout the recipient’s four undergraduate years at the university.
“We are honored to be able to offer the Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Scholarship, which celebrates the legacy of two accomplished alumni and their life together and provides a tremendous tool for recruiting the next generation of leaders,” notes President Barbara R. Snyder.
To learn more about the Wolf Scholarship, visit the latest issue of Turning Point.