Bob Purdy

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Robert Purdy (1920-2005) was a lifelong socialist and ardent Democratic Socialists of America member.[1]

American Youth for Democracy

The following officers and council members were elected at the June 1946 convention of the Communist Party USA youth wing American Youth for Democracy:

Michigan: Abel Lee Smith, Anabel Barahal, Rolf Cahn, John Gallo, Erma Henderson (State president), Bob Purdy, Phil Schatz, Robert Cummings (State secretary). [2]

Life of activism

An industrial worker in the auto industry Purdy eventually moved to Cuba and taught tool and die making. When he returned to the United States he taught machinists at the East Bay Skills Center and eventually taught engineers at Southern Illinois University. In retirement he took up video production and produced videos on Single Payer health care and worker ownership.

He was active in East Bay Democratic Socialists of America.[3]


  1. Democratic Left, Fall 2005
  2. [Testimony of Walter S. Steele regarding Communist activities in the United States. Hearings before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Eightieth Congress, first session, on H. R. 1884 and H. R. 2122, bills to curb or outlaw the Communist Party in the United States. Public law 601 (section 121, subsection Q (2) July 21, 1947, pages 75.76]]
  3. Democratic Left, Fall 2005