Former Drama Desk President William Wolf Passes Away
Saturday March 28
World is saddened to report that William Wolf, former President of the
Drama Desk, passed away from virus complications on Saturday, March 28.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf.
by Ed Rubin
Wolf, critic, author,
educator and lecturer, served two years as Chairman of the New York
Critics Circle and was a member of the National Society of Film
New York Film Critics Online, the Online Film Critics Society, P. E.
American Theatre Critics Association, the International Association of
Critics, and the American Association of University Professors.
served as President of the Drama
Desk, an organization of critics and writers on the theater, and
served for two years on its nominating committee for the Drama Desk
is on the Drama Desk Executive Board.
1998 he founded and began
publishing the Wolf Entertainment Guide on the Internet
At New York
University, he was an Adjunct Professor and taught Film as Literature
English Department and Cinema and Literature in the French Department.
Wolf was for
many years film critic and film editor for Cue Magazine (1964-1980),
Cue was merged into New
York Magazine, he
became a critic and contributing editor, writing the magazine's On Film
subsequently became the
syndicated film critic and columnist for the Gannett newspaper chain
articles have appeared in
newspapers throughout the United States, publications abroad, and
national and international magazines and prestigious annuals.
is the author of Landmark
Films: The Cinema and Our Century , which he wrote in collaboration
wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf, and of The Marx Brothers. He has contributed
chapters on "Easy Rider" and "Duck Soup" to "The A
List: 100 Essential Films" a collection of reviews by members of the
National Society of Film Critics, and "The Eroticism of Words" and
"Kinsey" chapters in the National Society's sequel, "The X
As yet, no funeral or memorial plans are being announced, and Bill’s
hasn’t designated a preferred recipient or recipients of memorial gifts.
Wherever a Drama Desk function or on press nights I always shared time with Bill and Lillian, They were inseparable and my heart goes out to Lillian. I used to call Bill "Mr. President". He was the ultimate nice guy, clever caring and coherent.
I am deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden loss.
He shall be greatly missed.
Jeanne Lieberman, Publisher