Kappen, Charles Vaughan (2010-1999)

Kappen, Charles Vaughan (2010-1999)

Date Updated



Journalism and Mass Communications

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, 1947 MA

Arkansas State Teachers College, Conway, AR, 1933 (Summer)

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 1933 BA

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1948-1972

University of Tulsa (OK), 1947-1948

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI,1946-1947

Shrivenham University (England), 1945 (two terms)

Army Information‑Education Staff School, 1944-1945

El Dorado (AR) High School, 1939-1941

Eureka Springs (AR) High School, 1933-1937

Administrative and Professional Experience

Commander, Co. C., 819th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

Education Officer, The Pentagon, Washington, DC.

United States Armed Forces Institute, Madison, WI.

Public Information Officer (PlO) Hq, Fifth Army, Chicago, IL.

Public Information Officer (PlO) for the Seventh Armored Division and for Camp Roberts (the post itself) before leaving for Tokyo (1951‑52).

Liaison Officer, Chinese Infantry School, near Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 1952.

Public Information Officer (PlO) for Gen. Mark Clark, Tokyo and Seoul.

At Seoul, quartered with war correspondents, processing their copy to Tokyo

Selected Publications

Low's Hard Times Tokens, 1955.

Depression Scrip of the United States, Period of the '30s, co‑authored with Ralph Mitchell, 1961.

So‑Called Dollars, co‑authored with Harold Hibler, 1963. California Tokens, 1976.

The Kappen Family (genealogy), 1994.

California Tokens, A Supplement, 1996.

Chapter 8 in International Communication as a Field of Study (Chapter heading: "A Survey of Curricula in International Communication").

Personal Commentary

I have written many articles for magazines and newspapers.

I was editor of Calcoin News, magazine of the California State Numismatic Association, 1949‑1962.

I was a board member of the California State Numismatic Assoc., 1950‑1956; was vice president of the CSNA 1963‑1967; and president, 1967‑1969.

I served on the board of directors of the national Token and Medal Society, 1963‑1965, and on the board of the California Exonumist Society.

I was awarded one of the first two Medals of Merit by the California State Numismatic Association in 1956, and was awarded the Mishler Medal for two of my books, So‑Called Dollars, and California Tokens.

I was made a Fellow by the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society, San Francisco.

I was named Numismatic Ambassador by Krause Publications, lola, WI, in 1979. I was elected to its Hall of Fame by the San Jose Coin Club in 1985.

The Society for International Numismatics gave me its highest honor, a large silver Medal of Merit in 1988 for "outstanding numismatic research and cataloguing."

At San Jose State University, I was editorial adviser for the Spartan Daily for 22 years. I helped in obtaining charters for both Sigma Delta Chi and Kappa Tau Alpha journalism fraternities, and served as first adviser for both.

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.


Kappen, Charles Vaughan (2010-1999)