Russell Wolfe


Russell Wolfe, 90, died on Jan. 17, 2015, in Bridgewater. Raised in Utah, he married after WW II, and attended grad school at Cornell, which led to work in the postwar Route 128 electronics boom. He resided in Lexington and East Chop for 40 years. He retired in Santa Fe, N.M.

Russell was an extraordinary man who dedicated his life to making the world a better place to live. His generosity and kindness will be remembered by his family, friends, and those who were privileged to work at his side. His achievements in science, from wind energy to new pathways in physics, will continue to serve mankind. He always embraced life with a positive attitude, had no fear of failure, and made all those around him proud to be a part of his successes. He leaves us with his vision to face each day as our first day and to never worry about our last.

He is predeceased by his wife Vivian (Barnard), his parents, two brothers, infant daughter Jessie Mae, and grandson Joshua. He is survived by his brother, sister, and four children, Rusty, Carolyn, Kathy, and Sarah; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held this summer on Martha’s Vineyard. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Union of Concerned Scientists, 2 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138.