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Donald Duren

Donald Duren

Wednesday, July 18th, 1934 - Thursday, April 16th, 2020
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Obituary

Donald Gray Duren, a longtime resident of Cortlandt Manor and former resident of Peekskill made a peaceful transition on April 16, 2020. He is survived by his son Darryl, daughter-in-law Deborah and grandson James, brother Chauncey and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by wife Mary, his parents Hosea and Helen Duren and his sister Gloria Foote.

Mr. Duren was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As a certified Social Worker, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from North Carolina A&T University and a Masters of Social Work from Atlanta University. He also served in the Army during the Korean War and received a good conduct medal.

He came to Peekskill in 1960, and held several positions at the Montrose V.A. Hospital. Later, he joined the Department of Psychiatry at Phelps Memorial Hospital, where he was instrumental in developing mental health clinics. He served as Director of the Ossining Mental Health Clinic for 12 years and was an Adjunct Professor at Mercy College.

Donald served on several community agency boards including: Ossining Community Development Advisory Board, Peekskill Family Resource Center, and Westchester-Putnam Adult Day Care Center. He has been an officer in the Peekskill Area NAACP. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a charter member of Phi Nu Chapter, Peekskill.

Mr. Duren was a 50-year member of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. He has served on the Board of Trustees, the Men’s Club, the Men’s Choir and the Education Committee.

He was also an avid sports fan, with his favorite teams being the New York Knicks, Giants and Yankees. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Rose Hills Cemetery with a formal memorial service to be scheduled at a later date.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, April 20th, 2020 |
    When
    Monday, April 20th, 2020
    Location
    Rose Hills Memorial Park
    Address
    101 Mill Street
    PUTNAM VALLEY, NY 10579
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  • Interment

    Location
    Rose Hills Memorial Park
    Address
    101 Mill Street
    PUTNAM VALLEY, NY 10579
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