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Maxine Kurtz (born 1921) is an American city planner. She became head of the Denver Planning Office in 1947 and was the first woman to organize and direct the planning department of a major American city. She is also known for persuading the government of Denver and its neighboring suburbs to enter a historic water sharing agreement in return for concessions in sanitation, zoning and building. [1]

Kurtz is the author of two books about her experiences in city planning and human rights:

  • Invisible Cage, A Memoir (2005)
  • City of Destiny: Denver in the Making, with Ralph Conant


  1. ^ Felbinger, Claire L.; Wendy A. Haynes (2004). Outstanding Women in Public Administration. M.E. Sharpe. p. 200. ISBN 0765613689.  

KURTZ, MAXINE Maxine Kurtz, personnel executive and lawyer, died on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 in Aurora. Born in Minneapolis, MN on Oct. 17, 1921 to Jack Isadore and Beatrice Cohen Kurtz. From Who'sWho of the West, Who'sWho in America, and Who'sWho in the World. Kurtz was the author of two books about her experiences in city planning and human rights: Invisible Cage, A Memoir, 2005, and City of Destiny: Denver in the Making, with Ralph Conant, 2008. She had a BA from the University of Minneapolis in 1942, an MS in Govt. Mgmt., University of Denver in 1945, and a JD in 1962, postdoctoral student, University of California, San Diego. 1978. She passed the bar in Colorado in 1962. Analyst Tri-County Regional Planner. Denver, 1945-47; Chief Research and Special Projects Planning Office, City and County of Denver, 1947-66; Director Tech and Evaluation Model Cities program, 1966-71; Personal Research Officer Denver Career Service Auth. 1972-86; Director Personal Service. 1986-88, Sr. Personal. Special. 1988-90, Public Sector Personal. Cons. 1990 Attorney, 1990, Expert Witness National Commission on urban problems U.S. House of Reps., U.S. Senate, Author: Law of Planning and Land Use Regulations in Colorado. 1966; Co-Author: Care and Feeding of Witnesses, Experts and Otherwise, 1974; Public Administration Rev., Washington,1980-83, 88-92; Editorial Advisor Board Internet Personal Management Association; Principal Investigator.; Employment American Enigma, 1979, Active Woman's Forum of Colorado, Advisor Committee to U.S. Civil Rights Commission. 1985-88, Sloan Fellow at University of Denver, 1944-45. Recipient Outstanding Achievement Award University of Minneapolis, 1971, Recipient Alumni of Notable Achievement Award, University of Minneapolis 1994, Member ASA., American Institute Planners (Secretary Treasurer 1968-70). 1972-75, American Social Puc. Commission. (National Council 1978-81, Donald Stone Award), Colorado Bar Association, Order St. Ives., PI ALPHA ALPHA Jewish Home: 2361 Monaco Pky., Denver, Co 80207. 303-333-9452. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, November 12, 12 Noon, at the Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia, Denver, CO 80246. Donation in her memory may be of the donor's choice. Published in the Denver Newspaper Agency on 11/9/2008



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