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Alice Wolf, left, moderates a municipal campaign forum Oct. 8, 2013, in Cambridge. (Photo: Marc Levy)

A celebration of Alice Wolf’s life and work is planned for Sept. 9 at the Cambridge Main Library by family, friends and neighbors of the late former Cambridge city councillor, mayor and state representative.

Wolf died Jan. 26 after a brief battle with leukemia. She was 89.

A private funeral for family and friends was held Jan. 31 with a promise for a public celebration to be announced later – and on Sunday invitations went out. “In the spirit of Alice, all are welcome,” the invitation says.

Accompanying the invitation was a call for stories about Wolf or photos of her, which should be sent to [email protected].

In addition, the Cambridge Main Library is hosting a show on the lobby and second floor through Sept. 10 called “The Uncompromising Political Career of Alice K. Wolf” that gives a visual component to “her 40-year career as a public servant … a testament to progressive ideals and equity and fairness in government.” The show began Monday.

Wolf was born Dec. 24, 1933, in Vienna, to a family that fled Nazi persecution for America, a history that played a role in her 1985 call for Cambridge to become a sanctuary city for refugees and immigrants. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Simmons College and married lifelong partner Robert Wolf in 1955, after which the couple moved to Cambridge. She programmed at MIT and local technology companies and in 1978 earned a master’s degree in public administration at Harvard University. She ran for School Committee in 1974, staying a member until 1982. She ran for City Council and served from 1984 to 1994, including a 1990-1992 term as mayor. She ran in 1997 for the 25th Middlesex District seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She retired in 2013 but stayed involved in civic life afterward.

Organizers of the celebration of Wolf plan to have a program in the library lecture hall followed by a reception and refreshments.

The event is at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. 


Feature image from Oct. 15, 2012, of state Rep. Alice Wolf at the Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston is from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus via Facebook.