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Robert Leon Despres

Robert Leon Despres, American urban planner. Named Outstanding Journalist, Hope Center, 1975. Vice president Philadelphia Council American Youth Hostels, 1965-1966. Member American Planning Association, American Institute Certified Planners.

Background

  • Despres, Robert Leon was born on August 15, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Leon Mathis and Marian (Alschuler) Despres.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Political Science, University Wisconsin, 1961. Master of Science in City and Regional Planning, University Bridgeport, 1984.

    Career

    • Urban renewal representative Housing and Urban Development, Philadelphia, 1961-1968. Reporter urban affairs The Telegram, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1968-1978, copy editor, 1978-1979, The Hour, Norwalk, 1979-1981. Senior planner Action for Bridgeport Community Development, 1982-1986, associate director, 1986-1987.

      Comprehensive planner Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency, 1987-1994. Lead planning analyst Connecticut Department Social Services, since 1994. Consultant Weston (Connecticut) Planning and Zoning Commission, 1985.

      Alternate commissioner Westport (Connecticut) Planning and Zoning Commission, 1986-1988. Appointed to South Western Regional Planning Agency, 1987-1993.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Religion

    Denomination: Judaism

    Membership

    Vice president Philadelphia Council American Youth Hostels, 1965-1966. Member American Planning Association, American Institute Certified Planners.

    Connections

    • Married Louise Fay, February 16, 1974. 1 child, Frederick Leon.
    • father: Leon Mathis Despres
    • mother: Marian (Alschuler) Despres
    • spouse: Louise Fay
    • child: Frederick Leon Despres
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    Born August 15, 1940
    Nationality
    • 1961
      University Wisconsin
    • 1984
      University Bridgeport
    • 1961 - 1968
      Urban renewal representative Department of Housing and Urban Development
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1968 - 1978
      reporter urban affairs The Telegram
      Bridgeport, West Virginia, United States
    • 1978 - 1979
      reporter urban affairs The Telegram
    • 1979 - 1981
      reporter urban affairs The Telegram
      Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
    • 1987 - 1994
      comprehensive planner Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agency
    • 1994
      lead planning analyst, Connecticut Department Social Services
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