C of I celebrates legendary professor George Wolfe

The College of Idaho is set to celebrate the life of beloved professor George Wolfe with an honorary 110th Birthday Celebration on Sept. 23. Guest speaker and alumna Nancy (Miller) Okimoto ’64 will give a special lecture in Wolfe’s honor at 7 p.m. inside Langroise Recital Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wolfe, a Holocaust survivor who escaped to the United States from Austria, left an enduring legacy at The College of Idaho in the form of his love for teaching, his encouragement of students to realize their fullest potential, and his deep respect for the differences that we encounter in our lives. He opened eyes to the richness, dignity and diversity of society while urging others to understand and care about the ethics of governance in order to sustain these values. Wolfe also mentored multiple C of I Rhodes Scholars and established a program in political studies, which to this day remains one of the College’s most popular and highly-regarded academic departments. 

Okimoto, an Idaho native who became the C of I’s first Marshall Scholar under Wolfe’s guidance, will illustrate the impact Wolfe had on so many lives by drawing upon Wolfe’s writings and correspondence. For more details about the event, please call (208) 459-5301 or email [email protected].

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 12 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit