Remembering Ken Wolf, a ‘founding elder’ of UMMS Former child music prodigy made a lasting and far-reaching difference in neuroanatomy By Gary Stein, PhD Chair, Department of Cell Biology
Ken Wolf, MD, passed away Monday evening, June 27. He was truly one of the “founding elders” of UMass Medical School. Hundreds of our students have benefitted from his commitment to medical education and his work continues through the many medical educators he mentored. It would be difficult to overstate Dr. Wolf’s contributions to the University and the scientific community. He served on many university committees as a guiding force for initiatives that established a foundation for exemplary programs. His participation in National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections and membership on scientific advisory boards that include the American Paralysis Association provided leadership in innovative strategies for disease-based biomedical investigation. He was an active member of many professional organizations including the American Society for Neurochemistry, the American Association of Anatomists and the Society for Neuroscience, providing a perspective of research at the interface of science and medicine. Ken Wolf was a child prodigy. He graduated from Yale at age 14 with a degree in music that established a foundation for an important dimension to his life. Unquestionably, Ken Wolf was an accomplished musician and composer. Many of his colleagues had the privilege to hear him perform, including at UMMS’ Commencement every year.