ELMWOOD TOWNSHIP — Judith Lindenau, 72, of Elmwood Twp., passed away on Tuesday, May 13, at Orchard Creek Health Care. Judith was born on May 22, 1941, in Zanesville, Ohio, the daughter of Vernon and Jean (Hogan) Wood.
Judith had a multi-faceted career spanning nearly 45 years. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baldwin Wallace College and Master of Arts in American literature and history from the University of South Dakota (USD), she accepted a teaching position at USD. She would later spend five years at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen as an instructor of music (flute) and creative writing.
After leaving Interlochen Judith served as a Green Lake Township Supervisor in Green Lake Township. She was a key figure in the creation of the township’s first public library.
In 1978 Judith was hired as the executive vice president for the Traverse Area Association of Realtors (TAAR), and she served in this capacity for 29 years before retiring in 2007. During her tenure Judith was instrumental in the development of the first computerized Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Board of Realtors Information Service (BORIS), which was the precursor to the modern day online MLS system. She helped develop the statewide MLS property database in Michigan, designed and implemented two charitable corporations, HomeStart and HomeStretch, that focus on affordable housing.
In addition to her local work with TAAR Judith became a widely respected and nationally known figure within the National Association of Realtors. Upon earning the William E. Magel Realtor Executive Award in 2003 she called it the “pinnacle of her career in association management.” She was a charter member of the RCE certification board and a member of the National Association of Realtors Strategic Planning Committee, as well as serving on various state and national committees.
Judith’s interest in real estate association management wasn’t limited to American borders. She served on the board of the International Real Property Foundation whose mission is to assist in the creation of free, efficient, transparent and equitable real estate markets anchored to private property rights outside of the United States. Her consulting assignments included stints in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bosnia, Georgia, Russia, Africa and Armenia.