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Mar 29, 2012

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Orleans Parish

Val Mogensen, former BGR director, dies at 92

The Times-Picayune
March 29, 2012

Val Mogensen, a former director of the Bureau of Governmental Research who also was the director of the committee that drafted New Orleans’ Charter, died Feb. 3 in Newbury Park, Calif. He was 92.

A native New Orleanian who graduated from Tulane University, Mr. Mogensen worked as a reporter for The New Orleans Item to help pay his tuition. He took postgraduate courses at the University of Texas.

Mr. Mogensen joined the bureau’s staff in 1944 and became its director in 1949. His 13-year tenure is the longest in the organization’s history.

During that period, Mr. Mogensen was staff director of the Charter Committee, and he submitted drafts to the committee for its consideration. Voters approved it in 1952, and it still is in effect.

While he was the BGR’s leader, Mr. Mogensen was president of the national Governmental Research Association and a member of the governing council of the American Society for Public Administration.

In addition to undertaking studies of local government during his tenure, BGR pushed for the creation of the Public Affairs Research Council, which has focused on statewide matters.

Mr. Mogensen went on to work in Philadelphia’s Finance Department, serving eight years as its assistant director.

He retired in 1984. Mr. Mogensen and his wife lived in California.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Mogensen.

Mar 29, 2012

Source: The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Orleans Parish

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