Leonard Wolfson, Baron Wolfson

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Leonard Gordon Wolfson, Baron Wolfson, FRS (11 November 1927 – 20 May 2010) was a British businessman, the former chairman of GUS, and son of GUS magnate Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1st Baronet. He was Chairman of the Wolfson Foundation. Having been knighted in 1977,[1] he was created a Life Peer on 13 June 1985 with the title Baron Wolfson, of Marylebone in the City of Westminster,[2] and was a member of the Conservative Party. He attended The King's School, Worcester from 1942 to 1945.[3]

On the death of his father in 1991, Lord Wolfson succeeded as 2nd Baronet (styled "of St Marylebone in the County of London"). He was granted a leave of absence from the House of Lords from 2008.

He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy in 1986, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005. He was also an Honorary Fellow of three Oxford colleges, Wolfson College (named after his father Isaac Wolfson), St Catherine's College, and Worcester College.[4]

He died on 20 May 2010.[5][6][7][8] He was survived by his widow, Estelle and by his four daughters, Janet, Laura, Deborah, and Elizabeth, all of whom have been married and have children.

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  1. ^ "No. 47415". The London Gazette. 23 December 1977. p. 16073.
  2. ^ "No. 50167". The London Gazette. 18 June 1985. p. 8355.
  3. ^ The King's School, Worcester, OVs 1900–1949[permanent dead link], The King's School, Worcester, UK.
  4. ^ Hermione Lee, "Obituaries: Lord Wolfson (1927–2010)". Wolfson College Record, 2010 Archived 2011-06-22 at the Wayback Machine, pages 26–28.
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  7. ^ Obituary — Lord Wolfson: businessman and philanthropist, The Times, 24 May 2010.
  8. ^ Obituaries — Leonard Wolfson: Businessman and philanthropist, The Independent, 4 June 2010.
  9. ^ http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/lp1958%20w.htm

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Isaac Wolfson
(of St Marylebone)
Succeeded by