Dr. Robert H. Wolf, 76, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on April 15, 2018 in Little Rock.
Born in Shreveport, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A & M and was a postdoctoral fellow in the cardiovascular program at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He retired from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as Professor with Tenure, Departments of Surgery and Pathology, and Director of the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources. Prior to that, he was Director of the Vivarium at Tulane University Medical Center and Head of the Department of Veterinary Sciences at Delta Regional Primate Research Center.
His distinguished nationally-recognized career included President of the Association of Primate Veterinarians, Core Director of the NCI-designated San Antonio Cancer Institute, more than 150 scientific publications in nationally-recognized journals such as the prestigious journal Science, and recipient of millions of dollars in federal funding for research programs and buildings. He was a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Sciences since 1969.
In his private life, he had a lifelong avid interest in military history. He was active in battlefield preservation and was a supporter of museums of military history throughout the country. His father, Dr. Robert E. Wolf, was killed in WWII, and his stepfather served in the Pacific Theatre, and his lifelong commitment to the military began at a very young age.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Peek Wolf Kennedy; his father, Dr. Robert E. Wolf; stepfather, Ben Z. Kennedy and brother, Richard E. Wolf. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy Petty Wolf; stepdaughter, Debbie Petty Gay (Nathan); daughter, Ashley Wolf Mortimer (Simon); son, Robert S. Wolf (Stephanie); 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and brother, Dr. Samuel W. Kennedy (Patricia Cunningham).
After retiring, Dr. Wolf returned to Little Rock and spent his last years surrounded by loving family. He was known as the ultimate Southern gentleman. One of his greatest concerns about being in a wheelchair the last few years of his life was that he was unable to stand when a lady entered the room. The loss of Bob is significant to all who knew him, but his impact on the lives of his family is even more significant. He was treasured in life and will be treasured in memory.
A family memorial service is planned at Fellowship Bible Church at 3 p.m. on May 20 in Little Rock.