Professor Leon Katz is a 93-year-old electric engineer and a college educator who has made swimming his avocation for 6 decades.
From the time as a college undergraduate at the City College of New York in the 1940s to his years in retirement at the Sol Goldman 14th Street YM-YWHA, Professor Katz has devoted his life to sharing his passion of swimming with others. His wife of 55 years Dorothea worked together with him teaching swimming and supporting age group swimming while competing in masters swimming competitions.
Dr. Katz's volunteer activities include developing community swim teams like the Lower Eastside Neighborhood Association and East New York Y, strutting adult swim fitness programs, and providing water rehabilitation exercises for injured war veterans long before hydrotherapy was in vogue. He helped implement the New York City Department of Parks Learn-To-Swim Program which kept thousands of New York City boys and girls in the swimming pools and off the troubled city streets. Additionally, he conducted swim and water exercise programs for people with special needs and was honored for 40 years of volunteer service by the Red Cross in 1987.