Hilding, Arthur W. (1914-1999)

Hilding, Arthur W. (1914-1999)

Date Updated



Elementary Education

Academic Rank

Associate Professor

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1955 Ed. D.

Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1946 M.Ed.

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, 1941

Lewiston State Normal, Lewiston, ID, 1938

Northwestern Business College, Spokane, WA, 1936

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1960-1976

San Jose Unified, Teacher, 1956-1958

Washtucna School District, Superintendent, 1953-1956

Colfax Elementary, Colfax, CA, Principal, 1949-1953

Wenatchee Jr. High, Principal, 1947-1948

Ritzville Public Schools, WA, 1939-1942

Administrative and Professional Experience

Real Estate Broker, California (1960‑1996): Specialized in Trades: Motels, Apartments, Businesses, Land: California to Fairbanks, Alaska.

Business Opportunities Broker

Selected Publications

Classroom Controls

Personal Commentary

I joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1942 as a 3rd Class Petty Officer‑‑in Ketchikan, Alaska 1 year. Then to U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Four months later, an Engineering Officer. Two months in New York‑‑boilers, etc. Got injured. Sent to Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation, Long Beach, CA, 1‑1/2 years. Then more training in Richmond, VA. Then assigned as Eng. Officer on LST for invasion of Japan. They couldn't find my ship‑‑waited in Alameda, CA. War ended! I resigned! Back to WSU for more schooling, B.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.D. (GI Bill).

Then jobs as Principal, Supt. in Washington State. Went to California in 1956. Salaries were almost double in California, so we settled there for duration as Educator.

Best job ever‑‑San Jose State University‑‑16 years. Missed my professor friends. Many have passed away since.

Wife taught 14 years K‑1. Were married in 1942. Moved to rural 2‑1/2 acres near Gilroy, CA, in 1982. Lots of yardwork, vineyard, building projects. Have 90 acres wild mountain land nearby‑‑S miles. Camping, dozing, land clearing. Keeps me busy.

We go to Ritzville, WA, most every year. Alumni and former teachers get together. And to Asotin, WA, some years‑‑my alumni group of 1932. And to Odessa, WA, my wife’s relatives.

Date Completed: 7/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Hilding, Arthur W. (1914-1999)