Woolf, David V., 1935-2012
- Existence: 1935-2012
David V. Woolf (1935-2012) grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. He studied forestry at Syracuse University and North Carolina State and then accounting at Pace University. He worked in New York City as a Certified Public Accountant with a specialty in taxation. As an adult, he lived in Manhattan and later in Forest Hills, also a part of New York City. He was married to Naola Beth Gersten-Woolf for almost 39 years. She has donated a portion of his collection of print material on buses and trains in his memory.
David Woolf was interested in hiking; bus and train transportation; conservation issues, especially pollution reduction and preservation of western ecosystems; and Jewish charitable causes. The former two activities took up much of his free time. For many years he took over thirty full - day hikes a year plus vacations involving all or mostly hiking.
As a bus hobbyist (''bus fan") he regularly photographed the (long distance) coaches and (local and transit) buses in New York City. He frequently went on single day or weekend bus rides, to see the scenery, experience how a particular bus company worked, and to see (and photograph) the buses of companies in other locations. He was interested in the routes the various bus and train companies ran and the way they changed over the years. He was also interested in the way the coaches and buses themselves changed over the years. He belonged to several bus and train hobbyist organizations and frequently went on the trips that they sponsored. His favorite coach was the Eagle which was designed for and used primarily by Trailways companies.
David Woolf was a member of the Motor Bus Society, Bus History Association, The Metropolitan New York Bus Association, Appalachian Mountain Club, Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association, Empire State Passengers Association, National Association of Rail Passengers, Union of Concerned Scientists, and many other organizations.