Martin (Marty) Wolf of Sarasota, FL, passed away on May 1 at age 88 after a lengthy illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Irene Wolf; and his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Carolyn Wolf.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Edythe Friedman Wolf, daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Rick Lear of Madison, Alabama; son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Deborah Wolf of Houston, Texas; and grandsons: Joshua, Aidan, and Asher Lear; and Henry Wolf.
He hailed from the Bronx, NY, and served in the Army Signal Corps from 1952 to 1954. While in the Army, he tutored fellow soldiers studying to pass the GED exam, which inspired him to pursue a career in education. After using his GI Bill benefits to graduate from Ohio State University with a degree in education, he taught English at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, New York and later obtained his Ph.D. in education from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. His career in education ended in 1995 with his retirement from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA as Vice President of Academic Affairs. He was an avid golfer and angler; regularly completed the New York Times crossword puzzle; and, remained a lifelong Ohio State Buckeyes football fan.
Marty was most interested in his synagogue and the world of autism, to which he was introduced when two of his grandsons were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. For that reason, autism support services held a special place in his heart.
Memorials may be made to Breaking Barriers Respite, LLC, 12326 Fairmeadow Drive, Houston Texas 77071 or to Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N. Auburn Rd., Venice FL 34292 (jewishcongregationvenice.com).