Delbert Oberteuffer was an Emeritus Professor, School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, at The Ohio State University, Columbus.
Dr. Oberteuffer was an articulate and dynamic spokesman for his profession and was in constant demand as a speaker. His class lectures challenged and stimulated thousands of graduate and undergraduate students. He wrote two basic textbooks, Physical Education and School Health Education, that were standard references throughout the country for many years. Both have been revised several times and continue to be used today.
It is uncommon for one person to achieve such eminence in a single field, but Dr. Oberteuffer was an acknowledged leader in two fields: health education and physical education. The uniqueness of this duality is reflected in the notation that he is the only person to receive both the Luther H. Gulick Distinguished Service Award – the highest honor from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance – and the William A. Howe Award – the highest honor from the American School Health Association. He also was the recipient of the Hetherington Award granted by the American Academy of Physical Education, and in 1975 The Association for the Advancement of Health Education presented him its first Professional Service Award. Ohio Wesleyan University, Bowling Green State University, and Ashland College conferred honorary degrees upon him. He received the Distinguished Service Award from The Ohio State University in 1969. (Beyrer, 2013)
Electronic Application process for the award is due by November 1.