Milton A. Wolf

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Milton A. Wolf
United States Ambassador to Austria
In office
June 23, 1977 – March 2, 1980
Preceded byWiley T. Buchanan, Jr.
Succeeded byPhilip Mayer Kaiser
Personal details
Born(1924-05-29)May 29, 1924
DiedMay 19, 2005(2005-05-19) (aged 80)
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Rosyln Wolf
ChildrenLeslie Wolf
Caryn Wolf Wechsler
Nancy Wolf
Sherri Wolf
Real estate developer

Milton Albert Wolf (May 29, 1924 – May 19, 2005) was an American diplomat, investment banker and real estate developer from Cleveland, Ohio.

Early life and education[edit]

Wolf earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Case Institute of Technology, and a Masters and PhD in economics from Case Western Reserve University. He also held a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Ohio State University.[1]


Wolf was a Jewish community leader and Democratic Party contributor. In 1977 he was appointed to served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria by President Jimmy Carter, and held the position until 1980.[1] During his tenure as ambassador to Austria, Wolf represented the United States in the U.N. Conference on Science and Technology, served as chairman of the Fulbright Committee of Austria, and was instrumental in arranging a meeting between President Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev to sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II) in Vienna on June 19, 1979.[1] Upon the conclusion of his diplomatic posting in 1980, Wolf founded a private investment firm Milton A. Wolf Investors. He was also president for 28 years of a construction company that developed several shopping centers and high-rise buildings in Cleveland, Ohio.

Personal life[edit]

His wife of 53 years, Rosyln, died in 2001. They had four children: a son, Leslie Wolf, and three daughters, Caryn Wolf Wechsler, Dr. Nancy Wolf, and Sherri Wolf.[1] He died of lymphoma on May 19, 2005.[1] The funeral was held at the Park Synagogue in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and he was buried in the Bet Olam Cemetery also in Cleveland Heights.[1]

Decorations and awards[edit]

Professional affiliations[edit]

  • Governor of the United Nations Association of the United States
  • Trustee of Case Western Reserve University
  • Member of the board of directors for the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University
  • Chairman of the American Austrian Foundation
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Trustee of the Council on World Affairs


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Milton A. Wolf, longtime and honorary CWRU trustee, alumnus and former U.S. ambassador to Austria, dies at 80". 2005-05-20. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
  2. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1141. Retrieved 8 January 2013.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Wiley T. Buchanan, Jr.
U.S. Ambassador to Austria
Succeeded by
Philip Mayer Kaiser