Gregory Baker Wolfe was born on January 27, 1922, and died on December 12, 2015.
Gregory was a United States diplomat during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and later President of two urban institutions of higher education, Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Gregory served in World War II, and was thereafter an intelligence analyst for the U.S. State Department.
Gregory was president of Florida International University from 1979 until his resignation in 1986, during which time he oversaw significant growth as the university progressed from being an exclusively upper-division school (having no freshman or sophomores) to becoming a four-year college granting post-graduate degrees.
The Florida State Legislature recognized Gregory contributions to the growth and emergence of FIU by naming the Gregory Baker Wolfe University Center, located on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus, in his honor.
Gregory Baker Wolfe passed away in Coral Gables, Florida, in December 2015 at age 93.