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|Marion Hayner Wolfe|
Marion Hayner Wolfe graduated from Hiram as a math and science major in 1945. As was traditional at that time, Marion did not work outside of the home once she and her Hiram sweetheart, Jim Wolfe (Class of 1944) were married and started raising their four children. But as members of the Milwaukee business community and residents of Whitefish Bay, no two people worked harder "outside the home.” Jim served as president of the school board, while Marion chaired organizations ranging from the PTA, church, and women's clubs to many cultural and arts organizations. Her service to the Milwaukee community alone could qualify Marion for Hiram's Lifelong Leadership Award. However, her service does not end there.
In 1991, when Marion's husband died, she took a seat on the board of directors of his business and began to manage it with one of her sons. Next, she decided that if the State of Wisconsin were to have a historical record of quilting in time for the state's sesquicentennial celebration, she needed to accept the Presidency of the Wisconsin Quilt History Project and get things moving. She worked tirelessly to find funds for the project, to manage volunteers, and to oversee the publication of a book on the history of quilting.
By 1999, officials in the state's political, historical and arts communities were so taken not only with the content of the book, but with the artistic side of the project, that a four month long exhibit of selected quilts was mounted at three museums, including the Milwaukee Museum of Art. This was the first time in its history that gallery space was granted in the museum for an exhibition of quilts.
Marion has not forsaken her alma mater for the dairy state. She has remained active with her class, donated the wonderful fountain by the library in memory of her husband, and helped the College to mount a quilting exhibition during Alumni Weekend 2000. Always one to see the potential in "old cloth” she is helping to provide funds to restore the old library, Teachout-Price Hall, and its lower level reading room into the Alumni Heritage Room. The state of Wisconsin and Hiram College have both found an invaluable Life Long Leader in Marion Wolfe.