Leonard Wolfson

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Sir Leonard Gordon Wolfson, Baron Wolfson, 2nd Bt Fellow of the Royal Society (11 November 1927 – 20 May 2010) was a British businessman, the former chairman of GUS, and son of GUS magnate Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1st Baronet. He was Chairman of the Wolfson Foundation. Having been knighted in 1977,[1] he was created a Life Peer on 13 June 1985 with the title Baron Wolfson, of Marylebone in the City of Westminster,[2] and was a member of the Conservative Party. He attended The King's School, Worcester from 1942 to 1945.[3]

On the death of his father in 1991, Lord Wolfson succeeded as 2nd Baronet. He was granted a leave of absence from the House of Lords from 2008.

He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy in 1986, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005. He was also an Honorary Fellow of three Oxford colleges, Wolfson College (named after his father Isaac Wolfson), St Catherine's College, and Worcester College.[4]

He died on 20 May 2010. [5][6][7] He was survived by his widow, Estelle and by his four daughters, Janet, Laura, Deborah, and Elizabeth.

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  1. London Gazette, 47415, 23 December 1977, p. 16073
  2. London Gazette, 50167, 18 June 1985, p. 8355
  3. The King's School, Worcester, OVs 1900–1949, The King's School, Worcester, UK.
  4. Hermione Lee, "Obituaries: Lord Wolfson (1927–2010)". Wolfson College Record, 2010, p. 26–28.
  5. Lord Wolfson Lord Wolfson, who died on May 20 aged 82, succeeded his father Sir Isaac Wolfson as chairman both of Great Universal Stores and of the Wolfson Foundation, one of Britain's most munificent charitable trusts. 6:40PM BST 21 May 2010.
  6. Obituary — Lord Wolfson: businessman and philanthropist, The Times, 24 May 2010.
  7. Obituaries — Leonard Wolfson: Businessman and philanthropist, The Independent, 4 June 2010.