Honoring a Distinguished Husky

November 19, 2011

Left to right in the posed photo Gary Wolff, Debi Davis, Sen. Tony Guglielmo, Greg Wolff, Keith Wolff.

Left to right in the posed photo Gary Wolff, Debi Davis, Sen. Tony Guglielmo, Greg Wolff, Keith Wolff.

Vernon, CT – On Wednesday November 16, Senator Tony Guglielmo had the honor of unveiling a new sign that will honor one of UCONN’s most distinguished alumni, and one of the town of Vernon’s respected residents, Thomas J. Wolff.

The green and white sign will be placed on a stretch of road at RTE 83 in Vernon from north junction of rte 30 to the Vernon Ellington town line. That portion of the road will now be known as Thomas J. Wolff Memorial Highway.

“This is a way to honor Mr. Wolff’s great accomplishments. And I know it means a lot to his wife, Bette and their children, Debra, Gary and Greg,” said Senator Guglielmo.

The family joined Senator Guglielmo and guests in Vernon to show off the new Department of Transportation Sign.
“We are honored that this memorial highway has been dedicated to our father. His presence in our community over the years has left a tremendous legacy of public service and love for Vernon. By honoring his memory in this way people will be reminded of the good he did as a business man, a volunteer and most important as a family man,” said Greg Wolff.

Mr. Wolff, a 1956 UCONN cum laude economics graduate was a salesman, entrepreneur, lecturer and educator who founded Wolff-Zackin & Associates, an all-lines insurance agency.
Past president of the Hartford, Connecticut and National Association of Life Underwriters, he was selected by Leader’s Magazine as one of the 20 most outstanding insurance salesmen in the world.

Recipient of the industry’s highest honor, the John Newton Russell Award, and the Bickley Founder’s Medal, he has authored several books on capital and financial needs analyses and asset management.

As a family, the Wolff’s stand among the University’s top donors, with the Wolff Family Program in Entrepreneurship representing their signature endowment.

The Wolff’s are proud that they have been basketball season ticket holders continuously for over 60 years.

They also established the Thomas and Bette Wolff Family Park, which houses the statue of the UCONN Husky. Wolff served on the School of Business Board of Overseers and was inducted into the School’s Hall of Fame.

Wolff was a prolific writer. He authored six books and wrote a column on financial planning for a leading financial planning magazine for 10 years. More recently he became a columnist for the Journal Inquirer. The theme for his popular series of articles was “How To Get The Most, Out Of Life.” The column became a mainstay of the Journal Inquirer’s Living section.