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Seymour Wolf, 83, Civic Activist and Baltimore-Area Businessman

June 16, 2005
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Seymour D. Wolf, 83, a businessman and a supporter of Jewish causes and human rights, died April 27 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was a resident of Annapolis, Md.
A longtime Jewish activist, Wolf held numerous local and national leadership positions. He and his wife were among the founders of Congregation Beth El here in Montgomery County, where he was the synagogue's second president.

During his term as president of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington and as a leader in the movement to free Soviet Jews, Wolf was the first American Jewish leader to be admitted to the Russian Embassy to present a petition protesting the treatment of Jews in the Soviet Union.

He also served as president of the Seaboard Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and was a founder of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md.Wolf, who led the local Jewish delegation in the 1963 March on Washington, worked for civil rights. He served on the board of the Housing Opportunities Council, a project of the Ford Foundation, to pave the way for settling black families in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Vice president of the Reconstruction Development Corporation - organized by the D.C. mayor to plan reconstruction of areas ravaged by the 1968 race riots - Wolf also served as co-chair of the Interracial Council for Business Opportunity to promote black entrepreneurship. He was also president of the D.C. chapters of the Better Business Bureau, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

While a student back at the University of Maryland, Wolf formed the Hillel chapter there. He was past president of the engineering alumni association and an active member of the board of visitors of the engineering school, where he established two scholarships for undergraduate engineering students.

A native of New York, Wolf earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration degree from American University.

He was board chairman and CEO of AW Industries, Inc. in Landover, Md., where he started working after completing service in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

Wolf is survived by his wife, Faye Rosen Wolf; son Douglas Wolf; daughters Beth Galinsky of Elkins Park and Debby Shoham; stepson Larry Rosen; stepdaughter Robin Roller; and 11 grandchildren. He had previously been married to Barbara Krupsaw, his wife of 50 years, who died in 1993.

 

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