June 28 retirement ceremony to honor the Wolfs

Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Dr. Robert and Mrs. Judy Wolf will retire this summer.clear graphic
Dr. Robert and Mrs. Judy Wolf will retire this summer. 

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President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., and Vice President for Research Brian Herman, Ph.D., invite all faculty and staff to attend a farewell reception honoring Dr. Robert and Mrs. Judy Wolf. After 36 years of extraordinary combined service to the Health Science Center, Judy Wolf, senior vice president for external affairs, and Bob Wolf, D.V.M., M.S., director of lab animal research, will retire this summer.

The ceremony will take place from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 28 in the Academic and Administration Building foyer.

“Bob and Judy have been integral to almost everything that has gone on at this Health Science Center in the last 19 years,” President Cigarroa said. “They have been extraordinary leaders, as well as mentors and advisers to numerous individuals at the Health Science Center. They will be greatly missed, but we wish them much happiness in their retirement years.”

Mrs. Wolf joined the Health Science Center in 1989, and has served as coordinator of special events, director of community relations and special services, vice president for university relations, and senior vice president for external affairs. As vice president and senior vice president, Mrs. Wolf has overseen the university’s fund-raising and development programs, news and media relations, public relations, communications and publications, community relations and special events.

Before joining the Health Science Center, Mrs. Wolf enjoyed a distinguished career in public service, both in her native Arkansas and internationally. She worked for former Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, directed state and national political activity for Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, and served two terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives. She was the primary sponsor of landmark legislation on justice for crime victims.

Mrs. Wolf has produced many award-winning videos and publications, and she directed the Health Science Center’s yearlong 25th anniversary celebration, which included more than 50 community events, and received the “Best of Texas” award from the Texas Public Relations Association for the most outstanding public relations campaign in the state. Magazine and newsletters produced under her direction have won dozens of state, regional, national and international awards, including the Gold Quill Award, presented in Toronto, Canada, in 2003 for the Mission magazine and the HSC News.

One of Mrs. Wolf’s most recent accomplishments included the dedication ceremony of the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. More than 650 distinguished community leaders, elected officials, representatives of The University of Texas System, and Health Science Center faculty and staff attended the grand celebration that officially dedicated the institute that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) calls the “gold standard of aging research in the United States.”

While Mrs. Wolf is well known for staging superior special events and producing award-winning publications for the Health Science Center, Dr. Wolf was instrumental in the development of some of the Health Science Center’s most important research buildings. Among his endless list of professional activities, he served on the building design committees for the Children’s Cancer Research Institute, the Regional Academic Health Center in Edinburg, and the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.

Dr. Wolf joined the Health Science Center as director of laboratory animal resources in 1987, and maintained a fully accredited LAR department for 19 years. He was fundamental in raising more than $1.8 million dollars in grant funding for vital medical research, securing $3 million for new animal facilities and $3 million of NIH funding for LAR renovations.

Dr. Wolf received his D.V.M. degree from Texas A&M University in 1965, and in 1968, he received a master’s degree in lab animal medicine at Wake Forest University. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wolf held positions at Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans and Tulane University Medical Center.

Dr. Wolf is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and has chaired several of the College’s committees. He is also active in the local community, serving on the city of San Antonio’s Animal Control Advisory Board, the Vicious Dog Hearing Board and the Animal Control Program Development Committee. Numerous other local organizations have significantly benefited from Dr. Wolf’s involvement.

Please join colleagues on June 28 for a fond farewell ceremony honoring two of the Health Science Center’s most distinguished individuals.

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