James F. (Jim) Wolfe, Founding President and President Emeritus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 86 on Thursday, October 20th, 2022.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, his son John, his daughter Carolyn and five grandchildren, Sawyer, Thomas, Niklas, Hayden and Carson.
Jim was the ultimate storyteller, embodying kindness, a keen intellect and a love for his work. He was always ready to talk in detail about his amazing family, his passion for golf and, of course, Virginia Tech sports.
You may have heard the old saying, “he never met a stranger.” That was Jim. Anyone who had the privilege of meeting Jim Wolfe would probably tell you that he made them feel like they were the most important person in the room. He made each person feel comfortable and appreciated. It was like catching up with an old friend.
If you worked with him and walked into his office, he always gave a huge smile and asked how you were. He wanted to know details about your projects. If you had a problem, Jim was there with some sage advice that left you feeling like you could tackle any problem. That’s how Jim Wolfe was widely known at VCOM.
Students often remarked on how Dr. Wolfe knew their names and remembered unique things about them from their first day at VCOM. He always studied students’ names, photos and biographies before school started, so he could personally welcome them and let each one know he wanted them to succeed. At graduation, while announcing student’s names for commencement, he didn’t stop at their name. Or where they were going for residency. Jim customized each announcement with a personal comment. They became physicians that day, knowingthe college president cared about them and how their lives would progress after graduating.
If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.