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Ralph Haven Wolfe, PhD

Title: Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
Company: Bowling Green State University
Location: North Baltimore, Ohio, United States

Ralph Haven Wolfe, PhD, a professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.

Now retired, Dr. Wolfe found success as a professor at Bowling Green State University, where he was bestowed with the title of a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus in 1998. Previously, he had specialized in teaching English literature, romantic poetry of the 19th century, and film studies, having been named as the Gish Professor of Film Studies. Likewise, Dr. Wolfe earned distinction as the founder and curator of the BGSU Film Theater, which had previously been known as the Gish Film Theater and Gallery. 

Prior to his work in education, Dr. Wolfe served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954, upon which he was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant. His subsequent performance in academia was largely born of his own educational pursuits, during which time he earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English from BGSU, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy at Indiana University. His dissertation focused on William Wordsworth, a 19th-century English poet whose work has long held the attention of Dr. Wolfe. 

In honor of his more than 40 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Wolfe was notably celebrated as the namesake of the Ralph Haven Wolfe Viewing Center, a VHS and digital video collection that opened in 2009. The center holds thousands of films and videos, all of which were donated by current and retired faculty – 3,000 were contributed by Dr. Wolfe alone. 

Among other accomplishments to his credit, Dr. Wolfe is proud to have earned the recognition of his pupils and colleagues, many of whom remained in close contact with him long after his retirement from the field of education. He has also been the recipient of multiple accolades, including a Friends of the University Libraries Award in 1997. Likewise, he was recognized in 2015 as the North Baltimore Citizen of the Year, which honored his efforts to maintain the cleanliness and beauty of South Main Street. Dr. Wolfe attributes much of his success to his enthusiasm for teaching, having always aspired to become a teacher. 

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Receiving Friends of the University Libraries Award
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