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Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation

Dr. Roach named first recipient of endowed chair


A longtime pediatric neurologist and leading expert on diseases affecting blood flow to the brain has been named the first Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Chair in Pediatric Neurology.

Dr. E. Steve Roach is chief of neurology and vice chair of pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

A Bexley resident who has practiced pediatric neurology for 30 years, Roach received the honorary designation based on his achievements and contributions at Nationwide Children's, as well as in the field of pediatric neurology.

According to hospital officials, the endowed chair -- named for newspaper founder Robert F. Wolfe and his son, Edgar T. Wolfe -- is a top honor bestowed on a researcher or academic.

It also recognizes Roach's recent two-year term as president of the Child Neurology Society, the main professional organization of child neurologists in North America, and his extensive medical writings.

That work includes writing the first textbook about stroke in children, now in its third edition.

"Nationally recognized for his extensive expertise, Dr. Roach wrote the first textbook on cerebrovascular disorders in children and has written or co-authored five other books, along with more than 200 articles and book chapters on stroke and genetic disorders," said Niki Shafer, vice president of annual giving with Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation.

Roach, who previously served two years as chair of the Pediatric Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology, also is editor-in-chief of Pediatric Neurology and is a member of five other journal editorial boards.

As a medical student, he co-authored the first book on CT imaging in children, and in 2010, he published a textbook about strokes in adults.

"I was, of course, delighted, both for the endowed chair itself and also because I hold the Wolfe family in high regard," Roach said.

"An endowed chair ideally provides support for the holder, allowing the individual added time for scholarly activity and mentoring younger people."

The Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation is a supporting foundation of The Columbus Foundation.

It was created in 1989 by John W. Wolfe to honor the memory of his grandfather, Robert F. Wolfe, and his father, Edgar T. Wolfe.

Robert F. Wolfe was a successful shoemaker in Columbus before buying The Ohio State Journal with his brother, Harry P. Wolfe. In 1905, they acquired The Columbus Dispatch.

Edgar T. Wolfe began working at the Journal in 1919 before becoming co-publisher of both the Journal and The Dispatch.

In 1995, the Wolfe Foundation established four permanent endowment funds, which provide support to Nationwide Children's Hospital, COSI Columbus, The McConnell Heart Health Center and The Columbus Foundation.

"The endowed funds are designated for the benefit of those organizations ... and the organizations have benefited tremendously throughout the years," Shafer said. "Endowed chairs are a hallmark of great academic and research institutions.

"Benefactors who generously endow chairs know they are not only ensuring excellence today, but that theirs is truly a gift to the future."