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College IT groundbreaker dies at 92

Wolfe (front row, sixth from right) was among those who returned to campus in October 2013 for the 50th anniversary of computer instruction at the college.
Wolfe (front row, sixth from right) was among those who returned to campus in October 2013 for the 50th anniversary of computer instruction at the college.

George P. Wolfe Sr.The funeral was this past week for George P. Wolfe Sr., a retired associate professor of computer information technology, who died Dec. 19 at the age of 92.

Wolfe, whose career encompassed Pennsylvania College of Technology and both of its predecessor institutions, implemented and taught the first computer curriculum – then called engineering and design data processing technology – at Williamsport Technical Institute in 1963.

He served as director of Williamsport Area Community College’s new Academic Computing Division from 1984 to 1989, when he became the first director of Penn College’s Technology Transfer Center (the forerunner of Workforce Development).

A full obituary is available through the Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.

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