Murray Kutner, 86, chief of police for Fairfax City from 1963 to 1975, died Oct. 10 of congestive heart failure at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had lived since his retirement.
Mr. Kutner was born in the Bronx, N.Y. After graduating from high school, he attended a two-year class in police training and then took a job as a technician with the Ralph C. Coxhead Corp., inventor of the Norton bombsight. He was transferred to the Washington area to maintain multiple language typewriters at the State Department and other government agencies.
In 1942, he became a police officer with the D.C. police department. He moved up through the ranks and was promoted to captain of the robbery squad. He also provided security for President Harry S. Truman during his morning walks.
During presidential inauguration ceremonies in 1961, he was in charge of security for the reception and dinner given by Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, father of the new president. During the 1963 civil rights march in Washington, he prepared a training manual on planning and security for supervisors . As entertainment chairman of the police department's police association, he arranged for such celebrities as Liberace, Danny Kaye and Dorothy Lamour to perform for association functions. He received more than 25 commendations for outstanding police work.
At 46, in 1963, Mr. Kutner suffered a heart attack and had to retire from the D.C. police force. Shortly thereafter, he became the Fairfax chief. Fairfax City had just been incorporated from a township and needed an administrator to lead its police department.
Over an 11-year period, Mr. Kutner worked to increase professionalism in the department. He also created a Boys and Girls Police Youth Club, started a yearly Fourth of July parade and on numerous occasions was asked to work double duty as police chief and city manager.
Mr. Kutner was a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of the Samuel Gompers-Ben Franklin Masonic Lodge, past president of the Fairfax Rotary Club and chairman of the men's group of Temple Sinai in the District.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Gerry Kutner of St. Petersburg; two children, Alex Kutner of Douglasville, Pa., and Roy Kutner of Sterling; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.