Mark Wolfsberg Memorial Fund Honors Avid Debater

Mark Wolfsberg


Often when a family has lost a son, brother, a husband and a father, they feel compelled to give. Mark Wolfsberg grew up in Los Alamos and was on the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers speech and debate team from 1979-1982.

An enthusiastic debater, he participated in humorous interpretation at first and then moved into Policy and then Lincoln-Douglas.

Wolfsberg’s mother, Alice, established the Mark Wolfsberg Memorial Fund though the LAPS Foundation, to assist the Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School speech and debate teams to honor her son. In the weeks and months that followed, his family and friends donated to the fund, and the first of a yearly award was made to both the LAMS Hawktalkers and the LAHS Hilltalkers, to further support the students participating in speech competitions.

The Foundation’s staff learned that a local resident had celebrated his 50th birthday and asked that, instead of gifts, donations be made the Mark Wolfsberg Memorial Fund, and more donations were sent in to honor Wolfsberg. 

“Mark’s debate trophies and awards may be collecting dust somewhere, but the memory of this gentle giant lives on for his family and friends,” LAPS Foundation Directory Joanna Gillespie said. “His beloved character is still alive in his sons, of whom, he was so proud.  The thing about Mark is that when it mattered, he walked the walk, and of course he talked the talk, he was a debater, after all.”

Donations in Wolfsberg’s honor continue to be accepted by the LAPS Foundation and can be given electronically via its website: or by mailing a check to 1900 Diamond Dr., Los Alamos, NM 87544. Donors are asked to reference the Mark Wolfsberg Memorial Fund on their check.