Marilyn Wolman was born in Tulsa, Okla., moved to Salem, Ill.,
when she was 11, and moved to Washington, D.C., to begin her
professional career. She worked in the U.S. Army's Adjutant
General's Office in the Pentagon before taking a position with John
Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. She was first transferred to
its office in New York City and then to Boston, where she served as
executive secretary to a senior vice president.
Marilyn married the late Dr. Harold M. Wolman, a child
psychiatrist, and devoted her time and skills to volunteer work.
She began her membership with the Friends of Dana-Farber as a
result of her fundraising activities with Hope House, an
organization that donated one-third of its proceeds to the
Because of her background and expertise, she served as the
Friends' treasurer for five consecutive terms. She has also served
as vice president for membership, recording secretary, and gala
reservations chair for 20 years. For more than 20 years, she has
been chair of the By-laws and Policies Committee, and is seen as a
In recognition of her outstanding efforts, Marilyn was chosen as
the Friends' first recipient of the Sidney Farber Volunteer Award
and is an honorary director of the Friends' Board.
Marilyn is a Bronze Life Master in duplicate bridge. She
operated a flower business for more than ten years. She regularly
visits family in California and is very proud of her twin nieces,
one of whom is a nutritionist and the other a rabbi, and her
nephew, an attorney in California, whose practice focuses on white
collar crime. She said, "I am fortunate to have a special person to
enrich my life and to share our mutual interests, especially our
passion for duplicate bridge.""
Marilyn said, "I have felt that one of the most rewarding parts
of my life is the time I have spent on the Friends' Board. I became
involved when I was giving up a national board position for another
medical charity. I have met and kept some wonderful friends through
my work at Dana-Farber."
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