Nancy Travis Wolfe
Schoenberg Memorial Chapel Inc
519 Philadelphia Pike
Wilmington, DE
Nancy Travis Wolfe

Wilmington - Age 90, died peacefully at home on March 25, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1962 with a degree in English Literature, followed by a MA in American History, a PHD in American Constitutional History and then a MCJ in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Wolfe taught at Old Dominion University, Clemson University, Appalachian State University, Western Illinois University, and before retirement held the position of Distinguished Professor Emerita at Colombia University College of Criminal Justice in South Carolina. Dr. Wolfe was a recipient of 3 Fulbright grants, 2 Max Plank Institute grants and a National Endowment for the Humanities grant among many others. She taught in China, England, Canada, and Russia as an exchange professor. Dr. Wolfe was a guest lecturer five times at Humboldt University, Berlin, German Democratic Republic where she was present for the fall of the Berlin Wall. She was the author of two textbooks on criminal justice. She enjoyed gardening, playing piano, recorder, and guitar. Dr. Wolfe also was an enthusiastic participant and teacher in the Osher Academy for Lifelong Learning. Her family and friends fondly remember her as a very thoughtful and conscientious person.

She is survived by her sister, Cynthia; her daughters, Sharon, and Nancy (Cicin); five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a private memorial for the family in June.


Published by The News Journal from Mar. 27 to Mar. 29, 2020.
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Dr. Wolfe was the most brilliant and outstanding professor I had at the University of South Carolina. She cared deeply about the subject matter she taught and about her students, all of whom held her in the highest regard. I still remember her lectures all of these many years later. My family had the pleasure of hosting her for a couple of days at our house in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Wolfe held us all in rapt attention telling us many of her travel and scholarly adventures. She was a treasure. My sincerest condolences to her family.
Alyssa Altshuler
April 12, 2020
Nancy was a great partner in teaching beginner guitar at Osher Lifelong Learning. She was smart and kind and funny and quick to spot talent! Thanks to her, our beginners found a summer home at Cokesbury Village in recent years. We will miss her.
March 31, 2020
Nancy was always a pleasure to chat with in the neighborhood, she would greet you with a smile every time. I always admired her.
March 30, 2020
To Nancy's Family,

Nancy was for many years a delightful neighbor of mine. We shared a joy of gardening. I always admired her life achievements and have missed her the past few years.

I hope Nancy's peaceful passing at home after an amazing life will help to ease your grief in losing her. I will think of you often.
March 29, 2020
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