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Corinne Wolfe

Corinne Wolfe


Honored June, 1986

Corinne Wolfe

"I have always been involved with children," says Corinne Wolfe. "From the very early days of the Depression I was concerned with families, children, and the elderly Some of my first work as a social worker was in adoptions and foster care."

Born Corinne Howell in El Paso, Texas, in 1912, she was the eldest of five children. Her father was a cattleman, and she grew up on a ranch in the Sacramento Mountains near Alamogordo, New Mexico. "My father was a very just man.... He had great feeling that everyone should be respected, and each person should have his own rights," she said.

Corinne went to high school and college in El Paso at the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy. She was sixteen when she began college. "When I went, they were just starting to make it a liberal arts school," she said, "I didnÕt know anything about social work at the time." But she learned about it from a sociology teacher in her "junior or senior year in college."