Philip Clay Wolf
July 2, 1956 – March 16, 2021
Truro – Philip Clay Wolf passed away surrounded by family after a brief illness at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston on March 16, 2021. Born July 2, 1956 in Bronxville, NY, he was the son of Stanley and Marcelle (Lowenstein) Wolf.
Philip is survived by his wife of 38 years Carol Ann Hutzelman; his son Graham Wolf of Los Angeles, CA; his daughter Clayelle Wolf and her husband Cory Sacks of Truckee, CA; his brothers Peter (Susan) of Sarasota, FL, and Ronald of St. Augustine, FL; his sister in laws Susan Hutzelman (Robert, d.) and Diane (Glen) Shuart, and his niece, nephews, and cousins.
Entrepreneur, inventor and great communicator, Philip was a coveted business leader who mentored hundreds of young careers and guided the business decisions of myriad colleagues. Philip offered his ideas and advice as easily as he shared a fabulous home cooked meal or well shaken martini.
With an uncanny knack for predicting future trends, Philip founded PhoCusWright in 1994. There he created, along with his wife Carol, one the most respected and influential travel conference and research suppliers in the world. His no holds barred attitude, mesmerizing speeches and astute interviewing skills were irreproachable. Philip served as board director and advisor to multiple travel and technology companies, and was treasurer of the Pamet Yacht Club in Truro, MA. Prior to PhoCusWright, Philip worked at online travel pioneer Travelmation, which was later acquired by Rosenbluth International (now part of American Express).
Philip received his BA from Duke University in Durham, NC, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Philip was an explorer with an insatiable appetite to meet new people and discover diverse cultures and ways of life. He and Carol traveled the world extensively, often bringing gifts and sharing their passions for fine food and history. However, Philip was most happy with his family and close friends shucking oysters at home in Truro; cruising in his beloved Boston Whaler, Lobo; or streaming a Yankees game. As comfortable in the kitchen as the boardroom, at the helm of his boat or on skis, studying history or completing projects in his workshop, Philip approached everything with gumption, determination, and an exuberant and generous spirit.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you help carry the Philip torch! Be generous with wisdom, invest in people and organizations you love, cheers often, go on the boat, explore, and enjoy life with no regrets. There are no planned services at this time, but the family happily encourages everyone to safely gather privately to celebrate Philip's "palpable" passion for life. If you would like to make a donation, please support the National Audubon Society in Philip's honor.
- National Audubon Society
Philip Clay Wolf
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March 21, 2021
I am so sad to hear of Philip's passing. We were at Vanderbilt's Owen business school together, and lived in the NY/Conn. area for a period after graduating, during which time my husband and I got together with Philip and Carol . I have tracked his career from afar since moving away, even recently seeing him quoted. Always appreciated Philip's quick wit and amazing brainpower. What a kind and good man we have lost. May his memory be a blessing.
March 18, 2021
Carol and Family,
My heart goes out to you all. I had the pleasure of getting to know Carol and Philip on their escapades in Boca Grande, FL. I was their boat detailer. Originally a New Englander myself it gave us one more thing in common. I always looked forward to the 5-6 wks they would spend visiting Gasparilla Island. We may be a small Island, but we are a community and Philip will truly be missed. “Fair winds and a following sea.”
March 18, 2021
I was so sorry to read of Philip's death. I had no idea that he was ill. My sincerest condolences to you and your two children. May his memory always be a blessing.
Susan Dicker Kahn
March 18, 2021
I was the CEO of The Leisure Pass Group and for several years Philip was an advisor of mine. You may recall a few summers ago, my wife Nicole and I came out to P-Town and spent the afternoon with you and Philip walking around town and enjoying the boat. We often reflect on that day as a turning point in our own journey to find a more flexible, but still engaged professionally, lifestyle. What you two built at Phocuswright was/is an incredible business and also a great service to the travel industry. The annual conference was the biggest event of the year in the industry. I will always remember, however, the smaller moments when Philip would slip me a nugget of advice on a specific topic or provide more general counsel in his firm but pleasant manor. I actually created a mailbox filter so all of my emails from Philip would go into a special PW folder just to make sure I did not miss any of his wisdom. He was a wonderful, talented, and caring man whose advice and friendship I will miss greatly. All the best to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.