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          Dr. Donald H. Puretz was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised by his grandparents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which may account for his lack of a Brooklyn accent.  He was educated at Brooklyn College, New York University,  the University of Rhode Island and the Columbia University School of Public Health.  Among his honors are the SUNY Chancellorís Award for Excellence in Teaching, National Sociological Honor Society elected membership, New York University Honors Scholar, Fellow of the American School Health Association, elected to the New York Academy of Sciences and the Eastern District Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Meritorious Service award.  In addition, he is listed in "Men of Achievement," Eighth Edition, 1981; "Personalities of America," Second Edition, 1982; "Men of Achievement," Seventeenth Edition, 1996, "Who's Who in Science and Engineering," Third Edition, 1996 and "Who's Who Among America's Teachers," 2004.

          Dr. Puretz has been a faculty member at Dutchess Community College since 1969.  Prior to that he taught at Rhode Island College, where we was also the head baseball coach, which followed naturally from his collegiate varsity baseball career (he also was a varsity swimmer).  In addition, Dr. Puretz has taught at Russell Sage College and Mount St. Mary College.  He presently also teaches in the Department of Behavioral Science (Social Problems and Medical Sociology) in addition to his regular appointment in the Health, Physical Education and Dance Department.

          During his tenure at Dutchess Community College, Dr. Puretz has been President of the faculty union, Assistant to the President, Coordinator of the departmental summer school program, Chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee and health education coordinator.  He has also been Editor-in-Chief of the New York State Journal of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and President of the Council for Health of the same organization.

          Dr. Puretz has published widely, including articles in the New York State Journal of Medicine, New York State Journal of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the Journal of Drug Education, the Journal of School Health, the National Jewish Monthly, the School Health Review, the Research Quarterly of the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Young Israel Viewpoint, the Journal of the New York State College Health Association, Sports, Recreation and Fitness, The Eta Sigma Gamman, the State University of New York Forum and the Conservationist.  He has published over 100 reviews in numerous publications and serves as a peer reviewer for the American School Health Association, for whom he also serves on the Research Committee as well as a reviewer of books and films for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He has been a consultant to the New York City Board of Education and Faculty advisor to the Dutchess Community College Student Senate.  He has served as a member of the Grant Evaluation Committee of the SUNY Research Foundation and has visited Israel, England and Sweden to study their national health delivery systems.


Dr. Puretz continues the competitive athletic activities he enjoyed at Brooklyn College by swimming competitively on the state and national levels.  In these endeavors he has garnered numerous gold medals in many Empire State Games at distances from 50 meters to 800, and in both backstroke (his specialty at Brooklyn College) and freestyle.  He has been ranked as high as fourth in national YMCA meets.       


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