Lawyer Served on Company Boards
Sunday, September 2, 2007
William B. Wolf Jr., 79, a fourth-generation Washingtonian who was a lawyer and corporate director, died Aug. 28 of thyroid
cancer at the Washington Home hospice. He was a Washington resident.
Mr. Wolf, known as Billy, practiced law at several Washington firms, but he began and ended his career as a partner in the family
firm of Wolf & Wolf, founded in 1892.
He was also prominent in banking and real estate circles, serving on the boards of directors of several companies and banks.
Mr. Wolf was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, where he was a captain in the high school cadet corps and was
awarded the DAR medal for good citizenship. He served in the Navy and Army before graduating in 1947 from Princeton
University, where he studied public and international affairs, played soccer and was a member of several clubs.
He graduated from Yale Law School in 1951 and was a member of the Corbey Court and Phi Alpha Delta honorary societies. He
also studied at Oxford University in England.
Mr. Wolf practiced law in Washington for more than 54 years, with a specialty in real estate law. He was also a director and vice
chairman of the board of directors of Security National Bank and its holding company, Security National.
He was a director of the District-Realty Title Insurance, Watergate East and the Woodward Building; was a general partner of
Wolf-Lenkin and Lenkin-Wolf; and a managing partner or director in several other real estate companies. He was also a trustee
of the Wolf Pack Fund, a family charity.
Mr. Wolf was president of the National Capital USO, the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and the Brotherhood of
the Washington Hebrew Congregation. He was vice president of the Fort Gaines Citizens Association.
He was a member of the Princeton and Yale clubs of Washington, the Yale Law School Association of Washington, the
Princeton Club of New York, the Nassau Club, Mory's Association, the St. Albans Tennis Club, Woodmont Country Club and the
Commanderie de Bordeaux, a wine group. He served as reunion chairman for the 10th, 15th, 25th and 50th reunions of the Yale
Law School Class of 1951. In 2004, he was chairman of a Washington reunion of the Princeton Class of 1947.
Mr. Wolf went on alumni journeys to Africa, Asia, Australia, South America and many countries in Europe. He also traveled
independently throughout the British Isles, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Austria, Hawaii and the
He wrote a published novel and a memoir of his legal career.
His marriage to Edna Russell Jacobs ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Audrey R. Wolf of Washington; three children from his first marriage, Susan M. Wolf of
Minneapolis, William B. Wolf III of Middleburg and Victoria W. Rosenfield of Baltimore; three stepchildren, Stephanie L. Adler of
Cockeysville, Md., James L. Adler III of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Natalie A. Adler of Washington; a sister, Marcia Wolf 'Peggy'
Goldsmith of Washington; and 12 grandchildren.
-- Matt Schudel