Helen Jean Wolf, longtime supporter of NAU, dies at 86

Helen Jean Wolf

Helen Jean Wolf, community member and longtime supporter of the arts at NAU, died May 12, 2011, in Flagstaff. She was 86.

Mrs. Wolf was born July 3, 1924, in Van Wert, Ohio, to William and Josephine Grant.

Mrs. Wolf and her late husband, Donald Wolf, professor emeritus of music at NAU, were active in the NAU music community for nearly 30 years. Mrs. Wolf was involved with the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and founded NAU’s chapter of the Tau Beta Sigma Music Honor Sorority.

Dr. and Mrs. Wolf were considered parents to an extended family of student marching band and concert musicians and were affectionately known for decades as the “Wolf Pack.”

Mrs. Wolf was actively involved in her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives. She also enjoyed traveling the globe and had visited Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Egypt, Scotland, Germany and many other destinations.

Mrs. Wolf is survived by grandchildren Tiffany Fisher of Mesa, Heather Lalley of Chandler, Kristina Wolf of Sanford, N.C., Benjamin Wolf of High Point, N.C.,  Emily Wolf of Phoenix, Grant Parker Wolf of Gilbert, and Emma Wolf of Seven Lakes, N.C.; and great-grandchildren Laura Beth Fisher, Susan Fisher, Tyler Lalley and Ashlynn Picard. She was preceded in death by her husband; sons Grant L. Wolf and David A. Wolf; brothers James Grant, William R. Grant and Robert E. Grant; and sister Mary Evelyn Evans.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Norvel Owens Mortuary in Flagstaff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the NAU Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, NAU Foundation, PO Box 4094, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011.