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.