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Edwin H. Wolf, former lawyer, BPO director

May 27, 1935 – July 30, 2015

Edwin H. Wolf, a former managing partner of the Falk & Siemer law firm for more than 20 years, died Thursday in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 80.

He was born in Baltimore and graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in engineering physics, and magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

He worked first as an engineering specialist for Sylvania Electronic Systems from 1957 to 1967, followed by his tenure at the law firm. He authored more than 20 articles in the fields of engineering and law.

Mr. Wolf went on to serve as executive director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990, at a time when it was experiencing a fiscal crisis. He was considered an orchestra booster who rejected arguments that Buffalo could not support a major symphony.

He retired in 1991, and was a lecturer for the UB School of Law.

He and his wife, Judy, moved to Arizona in 1997.

Mr. Wolf was an active community member and enjoyed music, golf and the outdoors.

He performed as an oboist with the Amherst Symphony, the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix College Community Orchestra.

Mr. Wolf also served as chairman of the board of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and president of the Echo Canyon Property Owners Association, the Westwood Country Club and the Buffalo-Niagara Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Eddie; a daughter, Lisa; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

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