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D. ANNE WOLFE: PIONEERING SPIRIT, HOME GROWN VALUES, COMMITTED PUBLIC SERVANT

Anne Wolfe's pioneering spirit emanates from her rich and storied background and her dedicated public service to New Jersey. Raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the American Revolution, Anne was inspired by the spirit of revolution and democracy fostered by our forefathers.


Anne's heritage is Pennsylvania Dutch from her father's side that migrated from Germany to York, PA, where they established a Lutheran church in the early 1700's. Her mother's side settled in Chicago when it was considered "the West." They became one of the first families to travel to California by train and settle there early in its statehood. Anne's great uncle was the first general practitioner to practice medicine in northern California.

In 1958, Anne's life was deeply affected by the death of her father, who passed away when she was young, leaving a single mother to raise three young children. Faced with hard times, the family again turned west to California, in order to join the love and support of their family.Three years later, Anne's mother remarried and the family joined the Webster clan. Dr. Edward W. Webster was the firstRadiological Physicist at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1961, Anne moved to Lexington, MA and suddenly their families grew.

As a child, Anne was taught to love and respect education and its utility for our society by her devoted mother, a graduate of Smith college. Anne's step father was a prominent pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine. As a leading expert in his field in the use of nuclear physics, he created the medical technology that we take for granted today, such as x-rays, MRI's and CATSCAN's. A Professor at Harvard University School of Public health, he was a favored lecturer on campus and at neighboring MIT. Anne's father led the field in research on the early detection of breast cancer and had published extensively on radiation safety. He developed the regulatory certification exams for radiological equipment. He was the safety officer at Massachusetts General Hospital for 42 years. He counseled four presidents of the United States on the uses of nuclear physics in medicine and chaired the National Association of Physicists in Medicine for four terms. He had received numerous national and international awards for his work.

Dr. Webster inspired Anne and shaped Anne's life. As someone who had given so much love to his family and unquestionable service to his country, it was devastating when he succumbed to the debilitating effects from the disease Alzheimer's. Anne finds it to be unconscionable in this day and age that progressive work in stem cell research is not being performed to search for the cure to treat such persons as her step father.

It was during her teens that Anne became the civic-minded leader she is today. During the turbulent 60's and 70's, Lexington became an epicenter of Vietnam War protests. One event in particular is always fresh in her memory. It speaks of turbulent time our country was in and changed her life forever. In 1970, following the shooting of four students at Kent State University, the heightened tension and civil unrest throughout the country caused students of Lexington High School to protest the school's being in session. A potentially violent confrontation between the groups known as the "bikers" and the "peaceniks" was making the possibility of violence almost inevitable. As a well liked member of the student body, Anne was called upon by her principal to resolve a dispute between the groups and ward off the potential violence. Using herself as a human shield between the angry groups, Anne stared down the troublemakers and settled the dispute. A public servant was born.

A graduate of Lawrence University, Anne studied early American history and graduated with a degree in Government and a minor in American History. While at Lawrence, Anne became interested and active in politics and policy. She met the current Presidential candidate, John Kerry, then a young former Naval officer, at the Unitarian Church in Lexington, MA and helped him plan a march from Concord back to Lexington with the Vietnam Vets against the War. John Kerry was the co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans of America and became a spokesperson for the Vietnam Veterans Against the War while Anne was the Youth Liaison to the Church. The March was historic and extremely emotional as many soldiers stopped and wept and required consolation throughout the route. John Kerry supported every single Vet and it showed Anne that he was a man of great courage, patriotism and devotion to his fellow Vets and to our country.


In 1972, John Kerry asked Anne to volunteer for his first congressional campaign. Her talents were also sought after by presidential candidate George McGovern and she set up his fundraising office. Anne assisted John Kerry by walking with him door to door in a grass roots effort to gain support. Anne instituted policies and programs to encourage young people to work on the campaigns and to register to vote, as the voting age was changed to 18 for the first time in our elections.

On Easter Sunday, 1974, Anne met the love of her life, John, while studying in London, England. For 27 years they have enjoyed a life facing challenges together at every turn. John studied Religion and Theatre and went on to become a highly respected businessman. Residents of Bergen County they first lived in Glen Rock and now in Mahwah where they enjoy taking hikes in the Highlands with their Chocolate Labrador Retriever Isabella.

It would take more then 3 decades before Anne meet up with John Kerry again at the annual Majority Council meeting of EMILY'S LIST but it shows how one's life can come full circle. Just as it was 30 years ago, duty to country has called these career public servants into action. Anne has demonstrated her love for our country and has been a patriot all of her life. Her heritage is deeply rooted in the early beginnings of our democracy and her ideals are embodied in her commitment to public service. Anne hopes to continue her lifelong association with John Kerry, but this time, as New Jersey's next member of the United State House of Representatives.