Wade, James Edgar (1910-2002)

Wade, James Edgar (1910-2002)

Date Updated



Office Administration (later Marketing)

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Saint Louis University, 1942 Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame, 1935 MA

University of Notre Dame, 1933 BA

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1964-1980

Santa Clara University, 1948-1960

University of San Francisco, 1940-1948

Saint John's University, Brooklyn, NY, 1939-1940

Saint Louis University, 1936-1939

Administrative and Professional Experience

Manager, Texaco Service Station, Tulsa, OK, 1926‑1929.

Office Manager, Jones & Laughlin Steel, 1934‑1935.

Manager, Education & Training, General Electric, 1960‑1964.

Selected Publications

Radiation Monitoring, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, 1967, with Gene Cunningham.

Medieval Rhetoric in Shakespeare, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1944.

The Programmed Sequence as an Exercise in Precise Writing, Journal of Business Communication, October, 1964.

The Supervisor and Programmed Instruction, Training Directors Journal, July, 1964.

The Hanford Atomic Energy Project, Richland, Washington, Atomic Energy Commission/General Electric Co., 1963.

Streamlining Organizational Communication, 1975, SJSU, with Prof. Ted Sielaff.

Personal Commentary

I was born into a family of Pennsylvanians. In 1906, my dad followed the oil business to Indian Territory. In 1907, Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory were combined to form the 46th state, the State of Oklahoma. I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, December 8, 1910.

After completing 12 years in Holy Family School in Tulsa, I went to Notre Dame in 1929. My BA degree, with major in philosophy, was the result of a pre‑law course; I had elected 4 pre‑law courses. In 1933, after a summer in vaudeville with the Notre Dame Glee Club, I entered the University of Oklahoma Law School. During my first semester, Francis C. Kelly, Bishop of Oklahoma, advised me to go on for an MA in philosophy under Professor Jacques Maritain and Etienne Gibson. The two philosophers came down from Toronto, Canada, to start a Medieval Institute in the USA. I took the bishop's advice and returned to Notre Dame; I was one of the first three students in the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame.

After a year in business in Tulsa, I entered Saint Louis University in Missouri. The head of the English department asked me to join his English department. I did. Marshall McLuhan became a professor there and was chairman of my Ph.D. committee.

In 1960, I gave up a tenured full professorship at Santa Clara University to become a manager at General Electric. When I learned of an opening at SJSU, I applied for it, and was thus able to come home to San Jose. At SJSU, I met, and later married, Professor Lorraine Gardiner. We have been married over 25 years.

Date Completed: 10/96

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.


Wade, James Edgar (1910-2002)