McCann, June V. (1911-2009)

McCann, June V. (1911-2009)

Date Updated



Physical Education for Women

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Washington, Graduate work, Summer 1965

University of Southern California, 1954 Ed.D. (Part‑time: General Secondary, Administrative, Supervisory Credentials)

University of Southern California, 1951 MS

Mills College, 1937-1954

University of California, Los Angeles, 1932 BE

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1957-1976

University of Southern California (summer session), 1954

University of California, Los Angeles, 1954-1957

East Los Angeles Junior College, 1947-954

Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, 1942

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (Workshops), 1937-1942

San Pedro High School, 1937-1942

Virgil Jr. High, Los Angeles, 1937

Los Angeles City Schools (Night Schools, Playgrounds), 1932-1939

Administrative and Professional Experience

Officer, United States Navy. Active duty: 1942‑46. Inactive Retired status, USNR, 1947‑71 to present.

Selected Publications

Numerous articles, professional journal.

Co‑author, Exploring Physical Education.

Personal Commentary

The first 11 years of my life were spent in Minneapolis, MN. Our family moved to Los Angeles in 1922, where I lived until leaving in 1957 to accept a position at SJSU.

After completing a B.Ed. degree and a special secondary teaching credential at UCLA during depression years, I spent the next 5 years teaching night school and working on playgrounds. Six years of full‑time teaching in Los Angeles junior and senior high schools were interrupted by Navy duty, during WWII.

Navy duty: Officer, 1942 to present. Training at Smith College; duty at Naval Air, San Diego; Aerial Navigation School, Florida; Air Navigation Headquarters, Annapolis, MD; NAS, San Diego, working with aircraft squadrons in final training for South Pacific duty. Detached from active duty, May 1946. Continued in Inactive Reserve until transferred to Retired Reserve, 1981.

After further study at USC, I taught for 7 years at East Los Angeles Junior College, then 3 years at UCLA, when I resigned to accept a position at SJSU as Chairman of the Department of Physical Education for Women. Nineteen years of teaching also included serving on the Academic Senate, chairing the University Curriculum and Undergraduate Studies Committees, serving on the Athletics Board, and on various university and school committees.

Work in professional organizations has been an important part of my life. Samples: California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance: President, Honor Award, Life Membership Award; Western Society for Physical Education of College Women: Honorary Life Member; California Association of School Administrators: Curriculum Committee; Girls' and Women's Sports: Southern California and Southwest District Representatives; Chairman, National Joint Committee on Extramural Sports for College Women; Pacific Section, United States Field Hockey Association: President; Los Angeles Board of Women Officials: Chairman.

Community activities: California Commission on Children and Youth; San Jose City Sports Commission: charter member; Soroptimist International of San Jose: President, Life Member; The Villages Board of Directors (adult community); League of Women Voters.

Date Completed: 11/96

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.


McCann, June V. (1911-2009)