Honors for Tom Wolfe ’51

Tom Wolfe '51 wore his custom W&L robe to speak at the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

To the surprise of no one, Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Wolfe ’51 was named one of literature’s 10 best-dressed authors by Flavorpill, a culture guide for New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and London. Here’s what the Flavorwire wrote:

“The ‘man in white’ has perhaps the most idiosyncratic style, having, since 1962, never made a public appearance without being decked out in a bright white suit that is seemingly exempt from the effects of bad weather (either that or Wolfe has the world’s greatest dry-cleaner). As someone who has chronicled co-eds, astronauts, electric acid-testers, and Masters of the Universe, this Southern Gentleman seems to embrace the philosophy shared by many of his characters: wear what makes you identifiable as part of a unique subculture.”

Joining Tom on the list were, among others, Edmund Spencer, Edith Wharton, William S. Burroughs and Jane Austen.

It wasn’t Tom’s white suits that got him another honor; it was his work on behalf of New York’s Upper West Side. Tom and his wife, Sheila, are being recognized as one of “three families who have gone beyond the call of duty on behalf of the Upper West Side … and beyond.” Landmark West: The Committee to Preserve the Upper West Side will present the award on Dec. 14 at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tom has written three New York Times op-eds (here is the link to one) about the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, which is charged with administering the city’s Landmarks Preservation Law. Two years ago, the New York Observer had a Q&A with Tom about his role in the preservation issues.

1 Response to “Honors for Tom Wolfe ’51”


  1. 1 Demand Studios writer Michael October 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I’m not sure wearing the same white suit every day should qualify one as well dressed. But maybe that’s just me.


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