Throughout her work as an academic, educator, social activist, and public servant, Deborah Partridge Wolfe (December 22, 1916–September 3, 2004) taught respect for all people and tried to inspire in her students a willingness to recognize the equality of each individual.
Epsilon Iota Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was chartered in May of 1954 by six of the community’s outstanding educators and community leaders. The chapter was chartered during the tenure of Soror Deborah Partridge Cannon Wolfe, Grand Basileus and Soror Grace Phillips who was a member of the Spartanburg chapter and served as State Director for South Carolina.
The Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe College of Education at New Jersey City University provides leadership in meeting the educational and professional needs of students preparing for careers as teachers and other school personnel. The College is committed to building and sustaining a learning community that provides high quality instruction for persons seeking careers in urban educational environments.
New Jersey City University honored a notable black scholar by naming its College of Education in her honor. Deborah Cannon Partridge Wolfe, who died in 2004, was a 1937 alumna of the university.
Wolfe, who calls herself a "daughter of Cranford," was elected chairman of the state Board of Higher Education. Not only is she a well known educator, preacher, and civil rights advocate, but she is an African American woman who loves the town she grew up in.
From a life of deep spirituality in your parents home to a life dedicated to awakening the hearts and minds of the many young people you have taught . . .
Childhood, family background in New Jersey; graduate work Columbia University, 1938-1953; teacher-trainer, Tuskegee Institute, 1938-1950; education advisor, United States House of Representatives, 1962-1965; ordination as Baptist minister, 1970; associate minister, First Baptist Church of Cranford, New Jersey from 1975; marriages; children; awards; travel.
This is a biography of Deborah Patridge Cannon Wolfe, who taught at Tuskegee Institute, AL.
"After graduating from Teachers College, Wolfe joined the faculty of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. During her 12 years there, she established and served as principal of two laboratory schools, worked as a supervising teacher, and headed up the Department of Elementary Education. She received her Ed.D. degree during a leave of absence from Tuskegee Institute. Upon her return, Wolfe became the first female faculty member of the school with an earned doctorate. She founded and served as director of the school’s graduate program in education."