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Richard W. Wolf

January 20, 1930 August 11, 2021
Richard W. Wolf
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Richard W. Wolf, 91, died at home on August 11th, 2021.  Dick was born in Buffalo, NY on January 20, 1930 to Charles and Margaret Wolf.  As a young man, he attended the Art Institute of Buffalo.  At age 20 Dick enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He was stationed in Okinawa during the Korean War until 1953.  Shortly after, he returned to his art education at the University of New York College at Buffalo and taught elementary and high school art for several years.  He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1966.  Directly thereafter, Dick started his 23 year career as Art professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.  He was dedicated to his passion for art throughout his life. Among his accomplishments are earning a Fulbright Scholarship to Italy and having his woodcuts in the New York Times.  His work has been shown in several states, primarily New York and Connecticut.  Dick has participated in several arts groups, most recently the Windham Regional Arts Council.  Much of his work has been inspired by his love of music and literature.  His paintings and prints feature many composers, writers, and historical figures.  Additionally, his great admiration for classical composer Dimitri Shostakovich compelled him to write and illustrate an historical fiction book titled Mitya.

Dick Wolf taught and inspired his students with an unrelenting enthusiasm. Compassionate and accepting are words that best describe this gentle man of the arts.

Richard was predeceased by his son Karl Wolf, brothers Charles and William, and son-in-law Chuck Kirsch.  He is survived by his wife Lois Wolf, sister Margaret Gennaro, daughter Beth Kirsch, son Eric Wolf, son-in-law William Plantz, in-laws Jim and Emaline Newton, daughter-in-law Anna Sigurdardottir, grandchildren Jesse Kirsch and Alma Wolf, and dear friend Caroline Redding.

Visitation will be this Sunday August 15th from 5 to 6 PM at Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect Street Willimantic.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Windham Regional Arts Council PO Box 847 Willimantic, CT 06226.  For online condolences, please visit
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5:00 PM 8/15/2021 5:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 8/15/2021 6:00:00 PM
Bacon Funeral Home

71 Prospect St
Willimantic, CT 06226

Bacon Funeral Home
71 Prospect St Willimantic 06226 CT
United States

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