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.