Quadros, Orpha M.(1915-2016)

Quadros, Orpha M.(1915-2016)

Date Updated



Social Work/Counseling

Academic Rank

Acting Dean/Professor

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of California, Berkeley, 1952 MSW

Columbia University, New York City, NY, 1945-1946

University of Oregon, 1938 BS

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1956-1983

San Jose State University, Acting Dean, 1981-1982

San Jose State University, Prof. Social Work, 1977-1981

San Jose State University, Counselor (LCSW), 1957-1977

Administrative and Professional Experience

Psychiatric Social Worker, Adult and Child Guidance Clinic, 1952‑1956.

Probation Officer, Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Officer, 1951‑1952.

Caseworker/Supervisor, Santa Clara County Welfare Office, 1949‑1951.

Caseworker/Office Manager, American Red Cross (Hayward, CA), 1946‑1948.

Caseworker, American Red Cross (Salem, OR), 1943‑1945.

Caseworker, Oregon State Public Welfare Commission, 1941‑1943.

Personal Commentary

Born on December 25, 1915, in Park City, Montana, I am the fifth child in a family of twelve children. I arrived "in the middle of a sugar beet field" as my mother used to tell me. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Butte and then to Helena and then eventually back to their "home" state, Wyoming.

When I was 8 years old, the family emigrated to Oregon. I spent the next 20 years growing up, going to school, working in the fruit fields and then in the canneries, eventually graduating from the University of Oregon and finding employment as a social worker in the agencies and organizations of the state. As World War II ended, I moved to California to find work in a new environment. After receiving a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley, I continued my career as a social worker, eventually finding employment at San Jose State University.

The University was just then (in 1956‑57) establishing a Counseling Center on the campus. I worked to help establish this Center and to see it grow as an important adjunct within Student Services. I remained within the Counseling Center until 1976, when I took a sabbatical leave to study and work in several European countries.

In 1977, I moved into the School of Social Work, was Field Work Placement Professor and classroom teacher for several years. In 1981, I was appointed to the position of Acting Dean of the School. I remained at this position until October, 1982, when illness overtook me, and I resigned.

San Jose State University has been an important and integral part of my personal and professional life. During these important years, I married a man who worked in the Employment Development Department for the State of California. He retired from his post after nearly 30 years of service to the State.

Also, during these years, we became the parents of our son. He was educated in California and at the University of Oregon where he earned both BS and MS degrees. For the past several years, our son has worked in Human Resources for such companies as Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale. He and his wife have a daughter who is the pride and joy of her grandparents.

Date Completed: 9/96

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.


Quadros, Orpha M.(1915-2016)