Stevens, Helen Parish (1910-2008)

Stevens, Helen Parish (1910-2008)

Date Updated




Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Columbia University, New York, NY, 1966 Worked on doctorate

Stanford University, 1958 MA

Midwifery School, Chicago, IL, 1941 Maternity degree

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1935 BA

School of Public Health, Portland, OR, 1935 PHN

St. Vincents School of Nursing, Portland, OR, 1934 RN

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1947-1978

High School, Medford, OR, 1935-1947

Administrative and Professional Experience

Professor of Nursing & Chair, Department of Nursing, SJSU, 1965‑1977.

Assistant Professor, Departments of Health and Hygiene and Department of Nursing, SJSU, 1947‑1965.

Public Health Nurse, Jackson County, Medford, OR, 9 years.

Public Health Nurse, City Health Department, San Jose, summers from 1948‑1950.

Personal Commentary

Professional and Community Activities

American Association of University Women, Medford, OR, and San Jose, CA, past president and 50‑year member.

Business Women's Club, Medford, OR, past president.

Nurses Organization, Medford, OR, past president. member, past president and 50‑year member.

Chapter BE, PEO, Medford, OR, past president; Chapter NF, California, charter

President of Reciprocity, PEO for Santa Clara County, California, 1989.

Alpha Phi Sorority, faculty advisor for 30 years, SJSU.

Black Masque Senior Honor Society, SJSU, past faculty advisor, and historian from 1957 to present. Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honorary Society, past officer.

Pi Lambda Theta, National Education Honorary for Masters Students, past officer.

Women's Faculty Club, SJSU, past president.

Eastern Star, Chapter 31, San Jose, California, past officer.

Patrons Association, SJSU.

Dame of Merit, Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitalers, Historian.

California Pioneers of Santa Clara County, Honorary member.

San Jose Historical Museum, docent, past officer.

Retired Teachers Association, Santa Clara County.

Faculty Wives and Associates, SJSU, historian.

Emeritus Faculty of SJSU, past officer.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Santa Clara, California.

San Jose Women's Club, San Jose, California.

Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara County.

Volunteer, Urban Ministry and Food Pantry, San Jose.

Board member, SJSU Campus Christian Board.

Board member, San Jose Community Concert Board.


Named Faculty Woman of the Year by the Associated Students of SJSU, 1958.

Received Panhellinic Athena Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University Community, SJSU, 1985.

Nominated as Woman of Achievement, Santa Clara County, 1988.

Member, Promotions Committee representing the School of Applied Arts and Sciences, SJSU, 1975, 76 & 77.

Delegate, National Convention for American Association of University Women, Portland, OR.

Religions Affiliations

Vestry member, Trinity Episcopal Church, San Jose.

President, Episcopal Church Women, San Jose.

President, St. Catherine Guild, Trinity Church, San Jose.

Sunday School Teacher, Trinity Church, San Jose.

Date Completed: 8/96

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.


Stevens, Helen Parish (1910-2008)