He prepared for Princeton at South Kent, majored in economics, and was a member of Charter Club.
After serving in the Korean War from 1953 to 1955, Wade earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and in the first half of his career, wrote or edited for Newsweek, American Heritage, Look, the Saturday Review, and The New York Times Magazine.
For the second half of his career Wade was a Rockefeller family philanthropic adviser focused on energy, the environment, international security, voter participation, and the media. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he served on boards of the Columbia Journalism Review, the League of Conservation Voters, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Sustainable Nantucket. He received the 2010 Environmental Policy Leadership Award from Global Green USA and the Eleanor Roosevelt Peace Award from Peace Action.
Wade and his wife, Susanne, whom he married in 1965 and who died in 2019, were active and beloved members of the Nantucket community where he grew up. When asked how he wanted to be remembered, he said: “As a nice fellow with occasional flaws, not to be noted here.”
He is survived by son Nathanael, daughter Jennie ’94, their spouses, four grandchildren, and his sister.