Rose Wolfe
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Rose Wolfe

Rose Wolfe
Rose Senderowitz

(1916-08-07)August 7, 1916
DiedDecember 30, 2016(2016-12-30) (aged 100)
Occupationsocial worker, administrator and philanthropist
Known forFormer Chancellor of University of Toronto
Ray Wolfe
AwardsOrder of Canada
Order of Ontario

Rose Wolfe, (née Senderowitz; August 7, 1916 - December 30, 2016) was a Canadian social worker, administrator and philanthropist. She was the former Chancellor of the University of Toronto.[1]

Early life and career

Rose was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Morris and Clara Senderowitz, Romanian Jewish immigrants. She was the middle child of four daughters and one son. Somehow, her baker father, who sold loaves of bread for five cents each, managed to send all four daughters to the University of Toronto. "[Rose] once wanted to be a doctor but felt her marks in math were not good enough, so she chose sociology instead" and graduated in 1940 from the University of Toronto.[2] That same year she married Ray Wolfe,[2] the founder and CEO of the Oshawa Group Limited and the founding president of the Canadian Jewish News. She administered the Ray and Rose Wolfe Family Foundation.

She was elected Chancellor of U of T in 1991 and served for two terms until 1997, where she was an advocate for Jewish studies and female leadership. In 1998, the University of Toronto awarded her an honourary doctorate.[3] She died at the age of 100 on December 30, 2016.[2]


In 1992, she was awarded the Order of Ontario. In 1999, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada for her work as "a defender of social justice, whose extensive and tireless involvement with many boards and committees has made her a dynamic contributor to society".[4]


  1. ^ "Chancellor emerita endows chair in Holocaust studies". Archived from the original on April 5, 2006. Retrieved 2006.
  2. ^ a b c Alam, Hina; Van Bastelaer, Sophie (December 31, 2016). "Former U of T 'perfect' chancellor Rose Wolfe dead at 100". TorStar. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Rose Wolfe". Retrieved 2006.
  4. ^ Order of Canada citation
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Black Aird
Chancellor of the University of Toronto
Succeeded by
Hal Jackman

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