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Law School Says Good-Bye to Prof. Judith Martin

OCTOBER 7, 2011—Professor Judith Martin, an urban planning expert and a Faculty Fellow at the Law School since mid-2000, died Oct. 3, 2011, in St. Paul at age 63.

Martin joined the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts in 1976 as a research associate in the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. In 1989 she became an associate professor of geography and in 1998 was promoted to professor. She assumed the directorship of the Urban Studies Program in 1989, and in 2006 she co-founded the University Metropolitan Consortium with geography professor John Adams. She was also an adjunct faculty member in the University’s American Studies Program and at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

In 1991 she began 15 years of service (8 of them as president) on the Minneapolis Planning Commission and helped in the development of land use, light rail stations, new zoning codes, and downtown growth. She was a member of many additional advisory committees, task forces, and planning teams across the Twin Cities area. Since 1999, she was editor of the Metropolitan Portraits book series published by the University of Pennsylvania.

She received the University’s Morse Amoco/Alumni Teaching Award, Academy of Distinguished Teachers Award, College of Continuing Education Teaching Award, CLA Alumnus of Achievement Award, and the President's Award for Outstanding Service.

Martin completed an M.A. in American Studies and another in American History as well as a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University. In her doctoral thesis, she analyzed the tall-building development on the University’s West Bank campus that became known as Riverside Plaza. She was a long-time resident of Nicollet Island, from which she could view the cityscape and revitalization of the riverfront.

She is survived by a sister, Maureen Martin-Huber, and a brother, Dennis.


Professor Judith Martin

Professor Judith Martin