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Dr. Warren Wolf, president of the Institute for Humanist Studies, died on April 25, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio, following a fall.

Dr. Wolf was born in Avella, Pennsylvania, on December 10, 1941. He earned a B.S. in ceramic technology from Penn State University in 1963, a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from The Ohio State University in 1968, and an MBA from Xavier University in 1977. His career at Owens Corning, the largest manufacturer of fiberglass, lasted 33 years during which he acted as senior scientist, and then served in technical management positions in research, engineering, environmental, and health science areas. He holds over 15 patents in glass fiber process and composition and received a number of special awards as well as a lifetime achievement award upon his retirement in 2001.

More recently, Dr. Wolf distinguished himself through heading up several humanistic organizations such as The Humanist Institute, a post graduate organization offering a course of study in humanistic education and credit toward advanced degrees for future humanist leaders. He also served on the nominating committee of the American Humanist Association, and was one of several founders of the Jewish Humanist Chavurah of Columbus. His interests were in the separation of church and state, and in ensuring that there is good science education. He also was interested in bioethics and consciousness studies.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Whinery Wolf, and many children and grandchildren.

Colleagues, friends and family will deeply miss his energy, brilliant mind, generosity and deep desire to make a positive difference to the world in which he lived. He was “a friend of man, a friend of truth” His legacy is vast and his memory for a blessing as we mourn and celebrate his well-lived life.

A memorial service will be held for Dr. Wolf at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus on Sunday, May 25 at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the Wolf family suggests donations to the Institute for Humanist Studies, The Humanist Institute, and The Ohio Academy of Science.

To make a memorial donation in Warren Wolf’s name to the Institute for Humanist Studies, please click here.


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