Stanley, Raymond W. (1916-2004)

Stanley, Raymond W. (1916-2004)

Date Updated




Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

UCLA, 1954 Ph.D.

The University of Chicago, 1947 MA

The University of Chicago, 1941 AB

Georgia Evening College (now Ga. State Univ.), 1938

Atlanta Business College, 1933‑34

Teaching Experience

San Jose State College/University, 1956-1982

Georgia State University, Atlanta, summer 1956

Bradley University, Peoria, IL, 1954-1956

Iowa State Teachers College, summers, 1954-1955

Fresno State College (one year replacement), 1953-1954

UCLA (Teaching Assistant), 1950-1952

George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, IN, 1947-1950

U.S. Navy Instrument Flying Instructor, 1942-1944

Administrative and Professional Experience

E. I. duPont de Nemours, Atlanta, GA: clerical, 1934‑1938.

USNR, from aviation cadet to Lieutenant, 8/1941‑11/1945. (Senior Aviator, U.S.S. Indiana‑‑in the Pacific: 9/1944‑9/1945. Three Asiatic‑Pacific stars, two air medals and a silver star).

Selected Publications

Two manuals, Global Understanding and Map Usage, were published by Daniel M. Epstein and myself to accompany the educational series "Introduction to Geography for Teachers," produced by the San Jose State College ITV Center and telecast by Channel 11.

Personal Commentary

My wife and I were happy wanderers after we were married in 1949 until we came to San Jose in 1956. Being on the move was the pattern of my life even before that. My mother, an Ohioan, and my father, a Kansan, met in South India, married and began a family. Our oldest sister was born in St. Paul, MN, during a sabbatical trip home in 1914, but our younger sister, brother and I were all born in Allahabad, North India.

We lived in a variety of places in India. Summers we spent atop the Front Range of the Himalayas, where we attended Woodstock School. From late September to early March we lived on the flat North Indian Plain at the junction of the Ganges and Jumna. We took numerous trips during this beautiful season to visit missions, cities such as Agra, and go into the country, which gave us a chance to see rural villagers and their way of life. In our final winter in India we lived in Calcutta.

We went around the world in 1921‑22. I remember clearly places we visited‑­Honolulu, Tokyo, the Inland Sea of Japan, Shanghai, Rangoon. We left India permanently in October 1926, stopping again at places I found strange, fascinating, and exciting.

In this country, as in India, we seemed always to be moving. We lived in a small "maple‑sugar" town in Ohio; on the family's Kansas farm in summers; and in Atlanta, Georgia, and its suburb, Decatur, five years each. We never lived in any one community for as much as six years. My wife and I traveled professionally, many times across North America and into Mexico and the Caribbean and managed to take short visits to Europe. As our regional specialty became Latin America, we give deep appreciation to San Jose State for a sabbatical that enabled us to spend the Fall Semester of 1966 visiting every country and major region in South America.

Through our way of life and teaching, we have acquired a deep abiding love for the world and its people and places. More specifically, our reward as college teachers has been our enjoyable work with international students and foreign visitors.

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.


Stanley, Raymond W. (1916-2004)