Guide to the Milton Wolf Papers

Milton Wolf Papers
Western Reserve Historical Society
Phone: 216-721-5722
Gift of Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland
2.0 linear feet (2 boxes)
Milton Wolf was born in 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. The son of a policeman, he graduated from Glenville High School. During World War II, Wolf served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a meteorologist. After the war, he married Roslyn Zehman. Wolf founded the Zehman-Wolf Construction Company in Cleveland in 1948 and ultimately came to lead it for nearly 30 years. In 1948, Wolf earned bachelor's degrees in chemistry and biology and an honorary doctor of diplomacy degree from The Ohio State University. A lifelong student, he was awarded another bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1954 and a master's and Ph.D. in economics from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 and 1993, respectively. He co-authored several scholarly articles on international economics. Wolf was a board member and director of several businesses, nonprofit groups and universities, including the American Greetings Corporation, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Cleveland Orchestra, Case Western Reserve University, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, the Jewish Welfare Fund campaign (now called the Campaign for Jewish Needs), the Mt. Sinai Health Care System, The Ohio State University, and The Town and Country Trust. Wolf also served as a national trustee of United Jewish Appeal and United Israel Appeal before the two organizations merged with the Council of Jewish Federations to form the United Jewish Communities. Wolf served as U.S. ambassador to Austria during the Carter administration (1977-81). During that time, he was also a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Conference on Science and Technology for Development, and served as vice chairman of the Council of American Ambassadors. Wolf was a recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Charles Eisenman Award, the Raoul Wallenberg International Humanitarian Award, the Great Gold Medal of Honor with Sash, and the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art. On May 19, 2005, Wolf died at age 80 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Milton Wolf Papers collection consists of annual reports, a booklet, brochures, correspondence, eulogies, lists, memorial tributes, newsletters, newspaper clippings, records, remarks, schedules and speeches.
MS 5459
The records are in English