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David Kurtzman

Born: Jan 11, 1903

Nationality: United States

David Kurtzman

Date of Birth : Jan 11, 1903

David Harold Kurtzman was the fourteenth Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. He had been Vice Chancellor of Finance and was appointed Acting Chancellor after the sudden death of Stanton Crawford. Crawford died of a heart attack January 26, 1966. Kurtzman's administration negotiated the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's bailout of Pitt's fiscal woes. The university became a state-related institution on August 23, 1966. On January 13, 1967 the Board of Trustees announced its selection of Wesley Posvar as its new Chancellor, effective June 1. Kurtzman, that same day, was promoted to the full rank of Chancellor until the Chancellor-elect was installed. A ballroom in the university's William Pitt Union is named in his honor. Kurtzman was born near Odessa, Ukraine, in then-czarist Russia, and survived pogroms as a boy, eventually immigrating to the United States in 1921. He earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for many years at the Pennsylvania Economy League. There he served as a key aide to David L.

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