Joy Wolf of La Jolla, CA, passed away August 24, 2013, at age 89.|
She is survived by her three children, Peter Wolf of Oakland, CA, Kathy Wolf and grandson, Matthew Towt, of San Diego, CA, and Barbara and Neal Schwartz of NY, NY; and sister, Geri Rosen of Washington, DC. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Thomas L. Wolf. They were married for 56 years.
Joy was born in Philadelphia. She and Tom raised a family in Baltimore, MD, and by 1973, Joy and Tom moved to Manhattan. They moved from NYC to La Jolla, CA, in 1982.
Joy had many interests and talents. She was a long time advocate and was instrumental in developing programs for child daycare. Starting in the early 60's in Baltimore and continuing through the 1980's, she was on the steering committees for the San Diego Friends, California Children's Lobby and San Diego's Child Care Coalition.
Joy's creative and artistic talents drew her to volunteer at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York where she became a volunteer assistant in the Decorative Arts Departments and later served on the Advisory Board for the Decorative Arts Committee. Joy's love for the arts brought her to volunteer at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Arts. She became a part of the project that was dedicated to the preservation of artists' insights and conversations that had influenced The Museum of Contemporary Art. Interviewing, recording and cataloging their memories and conversations created an Oral History project for the museum library.
Joy was introduced to The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library and soon began to volunteer much of her time working on their oral history projects. She put her creative energies to work by volunteering on the Decorations Committee for their annual "Gala" fundraising event. Joy was truly in her element. She loved to entertain and was challenged to make each year more successful and beautiful than the previous year. There she developed wonderful friendships which were a source of great joy.
Joy will always be remembered for her great sense of style, her creative and artistic talents, her beauty and sense of elegance. She will truly be missed.
Published in La Jolla Light on Oct. 17, 2013