Herbert S. Wolf

May 28, 1927November 26, 2018

Herbert S. Wolf, husband of the late Nancy (nee Bild), father of Jackie, Glenn (Debra), Kevin (Mary Gau), and Rob (Dru Orenstein), grandfather of Cora Glazer and Levi Orenstein-Wolf, died on November 26. He was 91. Born and raised in Germany, he fled the Nazis with his parents and brother in 1937, settling in Holland. In 1939, he escaped Holland with his family just before the Nazi invasion, eventually settling in Chicago. Inspired by his horrific experiences during childhood, he led sit-ins to desegregate lunch counters in Champaign, Illinois in the late 1940s before most Americans had even heard the phrase “civil rights.” He supported social justice causes until the end of his life. He was a leader in the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, earning their lifetime achievement award in 2010. As an actuary he continued to adhere to his social justice sensibilities, serving as the actuary for many labor unions. The funeral will be private. A memorial service is planned for a later date. Donations in his memory may be sent to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, or the Selfhelp Home in Chicago.

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