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Naomi Block

Associate Professor Emerita of Language Arts

Naomi Block retired as an associate professor at Purchase College in 1997. The work she has done since then has led to an honorary degree at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she has been volunteering. 

Aside from teaching philosophy, writing, and acting as a colleague in classes, she brought the Ethics Bowl to the Eckerd campus with her husband, Leonard Block, a retired dentist and scientist. Once the Ethics Bowl–which is a national institution, created and instituted by Robert Ladenson at ITT—was formally instituted, she became the head of the Southeast Region and serves on the National Rules Committee and the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Committee.

She has found working on these initiatives to be a wonderful experience that has kept her challenged and fulfilled during her “retirement.”

Adapted from Naomi Block - Personal Retirement Story (