Baird, Forrest J. (1905-2001)

Baird, Forrest J. (1905-2001)

Date Updated



Music and Education

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Stanford University, 1955 Ed. D

Columbia University, 1933 MA

San Jose State College, 1932 BA

Teaching Experience

San Jose State College,1946-1971

Played in Bohemian Club Orchestra, 1946-1989

Marysville High School-Yuba College (CA), 1934-1946

San Jose State Teachers College, 1931-1932

Administrative and Professional Experience

California State Retirees

Music Educators National Conf.

Phi Mu Alpha Alumni (Life)

San Jose State Alumni (Life)

Selected Publications

Music Skills for Recreational Leaders, Wm. C. Brown, 1963.

Sing with Chords, Wm. C. Brown, 1967.

Frequent contributions to music and educational journals.

Personal Commentary

Our hobbies included traveling, writing, photography and Elder‑hosteling. Much of our traveling was done on ships, especially freighters. The longest freighter trip was around South America for 136 days with only four other passengers. We've circumnavigated the world twice.

Freighter travel afforded my wife and me time to write. I did most of my work on two textbooks while on freighters. On another trip my wife and I wrote our family journals which we distributed to the Baird and Warburton families.

We are thankful that we've had a good life, doing things we've enjoyed with people we respected and cherished. I played my way through my adult life, from dance bands to theater orchestras, to symphonic groups.

Then there has been the joy of seeing my students make their contribution as teachers, performers, and composers in their communities throughout California. We have been and are blessed.

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.


Baird, Forrest J. (1905-2001)