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David Harold Kurtzman


David Harold Kurtzman, Russian educator. member President’ Commision on School Finance 1970-1972; Member Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma, Druids.


Kurtzman, David Harold was born on January 11, 1904 in Russia. Son of Maurice and Hannah (Wolfson) Kurtzman.


Came to the United States, 1921, naturalized 1926. Bachelor of Science, Temple University, 1930, Doctor of Laws, 1967. Master of Arts, University Pennsylvania, 1931, Doctor of Philosophy., 1935.

Doctor of Laws, University Pittsburgh, 1967. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Jefferson Medical College, 1968. Doctor of Science, Pennsylvania College Optometry, 1969, other honorary degrees.


Science Temple University, 1931-1933. Assistant director and director research Western div. Pennsylvania Economy League, 1933-1959.

Secretary administration Pennsylvania, 1959-1963. Senior research and education associate Fels Institute Local and State Government, University of Pennsylvania, 1963-1965. Vice chancellor finance U. Pittsburgh, 1965-1967, acting chancellor, 1966-1967, chancellor, 1967, chancellor emeritus, 1967-1977, professor higher education public administration, 1972-1975.

Superintendent pub instruction Pennsylvania, 1967-1969, secretary education, 1969-1971. Visiting lecturer Graduate School Public and International Affairs, U. Pittsburgh, 1958-1959. Secretary Pittsburgh Metropolitan Study Commission, 1951-1955.

Chairman Mayor Pittsburgh Management Advisory Committee, 1951-1959. Chief staff Governor Pennsylvania Tax Advisory Commission, 1956, 58. Chairman Governor Pennsylvania Tax Study and Revision Commission, 1966.

Research director Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention Prep Committee, 1967. Member President’ Commision on School Finance 1970-1972. Mem; Pennsylvania Commision on School Finance, 1971.

Trustee Community College Allegheny County, 1973-1977. Board directors Metropolitan Pittsburgh Public Broadcasting.


Member President’ Commision on School Finance 1970-1972. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Gamma Sigma, Druids.


Married Celia Buchdrucker, July 24, 1927. Children: Rochelle (Mistress.

Maurice Kurtzman

Hannah (Wolfson) Kurtzman

Celia Buchdrucker

Rochelle (Mrs Kurtzman