Remembering Harry Puleston
The Harry Puleston Memorial Scholarship has been an annual chemistry scholarship for many years. In the fall of 2010, Dr. Rodney Otzenberger, a former student of Dr. Puleston’s, provided significant funding to establish a pending endowment. Through the generous donations of current and former faculty members, students, and staff, the fund reached full endowment this summer. Dr. Puleston’s legacy will now be honored in perpetuity. Dr. Harry “Shorty” Puleston was a renowned and beloved CSU Chemistry professor for 38 years before his death and a 50 year member of the American Chemical Society. In his career, he developed preservation techniques for wartime military food rations and worked on atomic energy projects in California and Nevada. His greatest interest, however, was in teaching and in helping students succeed in chemistry as well as in life. Students were the reason he happily went off to campus every day, and many of them kept in touch with him long after graduation.
Dr. Puleston would undoubtedly be very pleased to see how his scholarship assists a growing list of undergraduates in his memory. The opportunity to make this annual award continue as a permanent feature at CSU through an endowment is the best tribute possible, one that he would certainly consider the highest honor a teacher could receive. His wife, Pauline Puleston is still an enthusiastic supporter of the Department and regularly attends departmental events.