Paul B. Wolfe, 54, NIH program director

August 03, 2005

Paul B. Wolfe, a microbiologist and program director at the National Institutes of Health, died of esophageal cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Catonsville resident was 54.

The Cleveland native earned his doctorate in microbiology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1981. After running a medical research laboratory in downtown Baltimore, he joined the NIH in Bethesda and was program director of grants at his death.

"He was shy and stoic, and had his own sense of humor with a charming dignity," said his oldest son, Christian James Wolfe, an actuary for a federal agency. "His family was the center of his life."

Dr. Wolfe enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and cycling. He competed in El Tour de Tucson in Arizona and won bronze medals in 2001 and 2003.

Services are private.

Survivors also include his wife of 25 years, the former Phuong "Mai" Nguyen; three other sons, Stewart Warren Wolfe, Daniel Joseph Wolfe and Andrew Henry Wolfe, all of Catonsville; two brothers, David Wolfe of Louisville, Ky., and Stewart Wolfe of Milwaukee; and a sister, Anne King of Phoenix, Ariz.

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