A native of Dover, Del., and son of Josiah Oliver Wolcott Jr. ’34, Joe came to Princeton from the Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., where he edited the literary magazine, played football, and was president of the Marlboro Men.
At Princeton Joe majored in English and wrote a novel in lieu of a research thesis. He belonged to Colonial Club, served on the Nassau Lit staff, and worked in the library and for Food Services. Roommates included John Lumpkin, Turk Thacher, John Hodge, Andy Roomet, Ernie Cruikshank, Bud Osborne, and Jim Cooper.
Joe and his wife, Michelle, lived on a 10-acre plot outside Willits, in northern California. They kept two horses and about 40 chickens. Joe loved reading, writing, woodworking, gardening, and tending the livestock. In tribute to Michelle’s Quebecois heritage, Joe became fluent in French.
The class extends its heartfelt condolences to Michelle and her two sons, to whom Joe was a loving stepfather.