Former Planning Commission President Judith Martin dies

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September 26, 2011 // UPDATED 7:33 pm - October 4, 2011
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

University of Minnesota geography professor Judith Martin, a former president of the Minneapolis Planning Commission, has passed away.

In a statement, James Parente, dean of the university, called Martin a "home-grown jewel at the U."

"She brought her knowledge and leadership to the city she loved, contributing to the development of plans for land use, downtown development, light rail stations, and the new zoning codes that were developed in the '90s," Parente said.

University President Emeritus Robert Bruininks said he received the news "with deep sadness."

"She was a dear friend of ours, and frequent confidante and advisor whose leadership, thoughtfulness, and broad perspective on issues impacting the University were invaluable to me over the past many years," he said in a prepared statement. "We enjoyed so many walks along the Mississippi River together and had looked forward to many more. Susan and I will miss Judith terribly."

The Journal featured Martin, a Nicollet Island resident, in this profile in 2006.