Brainard, Helen Lois (1921-2016)

Brainard, Helen Lois (1921-2016)

Date Updated



Elementary Education, Instructional Technology

Academic Rank

Associate Professor

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Southern California, 1975 Ed.D.

University of Southern California, Education, 1958 M.S.

University of Southern California, Music,1950 B.

San José State University, Music, 1943 B.A.

Compton Jr. College, 1941 A.A.

Teaching Experience

Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Education, Instructional Technology, San José State University, 1959-1983

Los Angeles, CA - Elementary School, 1952-1959

Rhein Mein, Germany - Elementary School, 1950-1951

Montebello, CA - Elementary School, 1943-1946

Administrative and Professional Experience

Radio Writer - American Forces Network, Germany, 1951-1952

Personal Commentary

Music has been an important part of my life. I was Advisor for Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity for three years and chairman of their annual scholarship competition at San José State. I assisted in the formation of Opera San José and was involved in its activities for 25 years. I was alto soloist in many churches for 30 years. After moving to Marin I continued work with opera as president of the Marin Chapter, San Francisco Opera Guild and several musical groups.

Date Updated: May, 2011

I attended University of Southern California from 1946-50 studying voice and singing professionally.

Community activities from 1959, San Jose:

Board Member:

Friends of Opera, San Jose;

Friends of Opera, Silicon Valley;

San Jose Opera Guild;

Marin Chapter, San Francisco Opera Guild;

1st Presbyterian Church, San Jose;

San Jose Presbytery;

Frances Gulland Child Care Center;

PEO Sisterhood;

River Glen Homeowners Association, San Jose;

San Jose State University College of Education, Alumni Board;

Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity, San Jose Alumni Chapter.

Advisor, Phi Mu Chapter, San Jose State University (1964-67);

Scholarship Chairperson, Phi Mu Chapter, 1980-1993, Mu Phi Epsilon;

Music Chairperson and Soloist, 1st Presbyterian Church, San Jose;

Soloist, Christ Presbyterian Church, San Rafael;

Director, Summer Demonstration School, San Jose State University (1967-70);

Chairperson, Events Committee and Activities Committee (1995-96), Smith Ranch Condominium Association.

Member, Opera Guilds International and Marin Symphony League.

Date Completed: 8/96; Updated: 10/29/2019

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.


Brainard, Helen Lois (1921-2016)