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William A. Wolfe, MD

November 2, 1921 ~ July 13, 2013

Bill Wolfe died at home after a brief illness. He was born in Menominee, Michigan to parents Leigh and Hester Wolfe and spent his early years in Appleton, Wisconsin.

He completed his undergraduate education at Harvard University and his medical training at Northwestern University. After his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, he joined the Army and served at Fort Lewis as a First Lieutenant.

Finding the Pacific Northwest much to his liking, and having met his future wife, he decided to settle in Seattle. In 1950 he married Mary Stuart Mooney, beginning 63 years of life together.

He was invited to be one of the founding physicians at the Bellevue Clinic in 1952 and practiced there for 34 years, retiring on his 65th birthday.

Bill was an attentive and devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife Mary "Molly" Wolfe, daughters Mary Clark (Larry), and Carolyn Wolfe, granddaughter Kathy Clark, and great-grandchildren Riley and Lily as well as his sister Hester White, nieces Barb and Jenni, and nephews Thom (Janet), Jon (Robin) and Dan. He is preceded in death by daughter Kathy and his brother Dexter.

Bill and Molly divided their time between two homes, their Medina residence and their old farm house on Orcas Island. At both locations he devoted many years to the hobbies and projects he loved. A partial list includes hiking, scuba diving, photography, beekeeping, mushroom hunting, fishing, and boating, reading, enjoying music, and skiing.

He was an orchardist and a wine maker - with his own label, "Wolfe Cellars". Converting the apples to cider, the grapes to wine, or the fish he caught to a delicious meal were activities that gave Bill great satisfaction, especially when they were shared with family.

Another lifelong hobby was simply fixing things: whether tinkering or repairing, Bill could be counted on to produce his home grown solution to just about anything that needed to be put back to working order. Bill will be remembered as a thoughtful, respectful, and patient healer, qualities he carried through his life whether he was attending to people or to a machine.

Private services will be held at a later date.

In memory of Bill, the family welcomes donations to the San Juan Preservation Trust (PO Box 327, Lopez Island, WA 98261), the Arboretum Foundation, (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112), or the Bellevue Botanical Garden (12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005).
Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2013
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