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Westport Senior Center Advocate Wolfson Dies at 94

WESTPORT, Conn. – Andrew Tobias Wolfson, 94, a longtime Westport resident, died April 3.

Wolfson was an award-winning citizen of Westport for 34 years, after moving to the town from South Norwalk. He was a vital member of the Y's Men of Westport Weston and a leading advocate for the Center for Senior Activities. He served as vice chair of the Commission for Senior Services and on the site committee.

After hours of meetings and phone calls, yards of typewriter ribbon and a sheaf of letters to the Westport News, he could not have been prouder at the opening ceremonies of the center in January 2004.

Born April 25, 1917, he grew up in White Plains, N.Y., and graduated from the Loomis School in 1934. He graduated from Yale University in 1938, where he majored in government. Wolfson enlisted in the Army in 1942, rising to the rank of lieutenant and working in the intelligence service, Air Corps, Signal Corps and as commander of the photography lab.

He met Janet Spencer at a USO dance and they married in 1945. In his editorial career at Henry Holt and McGraw Hill, Wolfson specialized in book design and information technologies. With an intent and curious mind through his long life, he enjoyed reading, photography, painting, music, bridge and the most intricate crossword puzzles. He was a member of the Unitarian Church and volunteered for the Red Cross.

In 2005. he began a new chapter, moving from Valley Heights Road to the Watermark in Bridgeport, which he joked was "Far East Westport."

Wolfson is survived by a brother, Joe; a sister, Marian; two daughters, Susan, of Princeton, N.J., and Pamela, of Arlington, Mass.; two sons-in-law; a granddaughter, and two nieces and three nephews.

A brief memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Watermark, with an informal reception following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to to the Westport Center for Senior Activities.

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