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Naomi Block

Naomi Block - Personal Retirement Story

I retired as an associate professor from SUNY Purchase in 1997. The work I have done since leaving Purchase has led to an Honorary Degree at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where I have been volunteering since I left Purchase. 

retirement storyAside from teaching Philosophy, Writing and acting as a colleague in classes, I brought the Ethics Bowl to the Eckerd campus with my husband, Leonard Block, a retired dentist and scientist, twelve years ago. Once the Ethics Bowl–which is a National institution, created and instituted by Robert Ladenson at ITT—was formally instituted seven years ago, I became the head of the Southeast Region and serve on the National Rules Committee and the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Committee. Our Southeast Region, one of 10, has hosted southeast teams; 24 last year.  Eckerd College students have come in first for seven years; my husband and I have coached the teams for twelve years.

I have found working on these initiatives to be a wonderful experience that has kept me challenged and fulfilled during my “retirement.”

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