Mort Wolfson Biography

Professor Wolfson came to UF as an instructor in the University College (later the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) after a distinguished career in the military. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1940 and served in the Pacific after completing Officer Candidate School. His military career included tours of duty in Asia, Europe and Vietnam. He rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel prior to his retirement from the military in 1961.

He joined the UF faculty in 1965 after completing his studies at UF and taught Logic and Behavioral Sciences for 17 years. His classes were always packed, and students frequently named him their most outstanding professor. He received numerous awards for his excellence in teaching including the 1976 Teacher of the Year in University College, the 1976 Thomas Jefferson Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 1979 Teacher of the Year in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Professor Wolfson served as adviser to the Inter Fraternity Council and was known for his leadership in academic advising both during the academic year and at Preview Summer Orientation. He also earned the friendship and affection of large numbers of students and staff for his sense of humor and love of UF. He received numerous awards and recognition by students and student organizations from across campus. After his retirement, he continued his efforts on a volunteer basis at UF, at the University Athletic Association as an academic adviser, and in the Gainesville community. He has always been a Student Affairs faculty partner and friend.

The Division of Student Affairs established the Mort Wolfson Faculty Service Award in 1983 upon his retirement from UF. Professor Wolfson and his wife Helen graciously donated funds to provide a cash gift to accompany this faculty recognition.