Harriet Pumerantz, MS, LHD (Hon), will be a recipient of the Boys & Girls
Club of Pomona Valley’s Golden Hands Award, given to women who work to
improve our community for the betterment of children.
Mrs. Pumerantz will be among four women presented with the award at the
Boys & Girls Club’s 31st annual officer installation dinner, Friday, June
“”We want to honor and pay tribute to these women for the selfless and
quiet support they have given,”” said Jennetta Harris, chairperson for the
dinner. “”Women, like Harriet, who work behind the scenes, who do so much
within their communities, and give back to children.””
The installation dinner will be held at the Pomona Valley Mining Company,
Pomona, beginning at 6 p.m.
Mrs. Pumerantz, the “”First Lady”” at Western University of Health Sciences
(WesternU), has been a community activist for many years in several area
organizations, particularly those involving children. She is a member of
the Assistance League of Upland and Las Tias, organizations that serve the
children of the Inland Empire.
Mrs. Pumerantz also is involved with the Founders Committee at WesternU;
Hadassah; Temple Sholom of Ontario and has served on the Salvation Army
Advisory Committee. The Upland resident received the Pomona Chamber of
Commerce 1988 President’s Award, was the keynote speaker at the House of
Delegates’ meeting of the National Auxiliary to the American Osteopathic
Association, and was a recipient of the Osteopathic Physicians and
Surgeons of California’s (OPSC) Service and Recognition Award.
“”It is a distinct honor to be recognized by the Boys & Girls Club for what
has always been my deep personal joy-working with youngsters to encourage
confidence and enhance academic skills,”” Mrs. Pumerantz said.
Mrs. Pumerantz earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the
University of Connecticut and her Master of Science in education degree
from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She was the Title 1
assistant director for Math and Reading (K-6) in Darien, Connecticut, for
five years and worked for 16 years as a home and hospital teacher for the
Upland Unified School District, as well as a remediation tutor.
In 1998, WesternU bestowed Mrs. Pumerantz with the honorary degree of
Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL). She is the wife of Founding President
Philip Pumerantz, PhD.