Norman Udevitz, a brilliant and inimitable force of life, died on Tuesday, February 12th at Littleton Adventist Hospital. He leaves behind his wife of fifty-two years, Marsha (Dinner), who was the love of his life; his children: Jane Miller, Kathryn (Jim) Hulings, and Andrew Udevitz; his seven grandchildren: David and Zachary Miller, Nathan, Sean, Joedy (Dave), Edith (Jeff) and Michael (Casey)Hulings; and his sisters: Shirley King and Sharon (David) Berman. Norman was born on January 22, 1929 to Jay and Edith (Steinberg) Udevitz in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After his schooling in Cheyenne and his 1949 graduation from the University of Colorado, Norman embarked on a stellar career that was always rooted in his proud identity as a journalist. He worked with Cheyenne Newspapers Inc. from 1949-1954. During this time, he also served as a Sergeant in the U.S. National Guard from 1950-1953. Later, Norman became an editor and publisher in Buffalo and Cheyenne from 1954-1963. A move to California with his family in 1963 provided the setting for an adventure in advertizing. While in L.A., Norman served as an account supervisor for Tilds and Cantz Advertizing Agency from 1963-1966, and as the Executive Vice President of Fitzgerald, Maahs, and Miller from 1966-1971. In 1971, Norman and his family moved to Colorado, and he joined The Denver Post as a staff writer; later, he became their Chief Investigative Reporter. Before retiring from The Denver Post in 1988, Norman was honored with The Newspaper Guild's McWilliams Award in 1976 and 1977; was named Colorado's Outstanding Journalist in 1977; was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service Journalism in 1986; and was a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., for which he served on the Board of Directors from 1978-1980 and 1981-1983. Never one to sit still for long, in 1988, Norman began work with the American Waterworks Association in Denver as their Director of Publications, until he finally retired for real in 1997. The years following his retirement were spent enjoying life with Marsha, his children, his grandchildren, and his beloved dogs. He took great joy in sharing with all of us his remarkable depth and breadth of knowledge about the world and making sure we all stayed as sharp, aware, ethical, and eternally curious as he was. Interment will be at Fairmount Cemetery with a private service.
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Published in Denver Post on Feb. 14, 2013