John T. Wahlquist, prominent educator, died Wednesday, November 28, 1990 in Ogden, at the age of 91.
He was born in Heber City, Utah in 1899 to Charles and Elizabeth Campbell Wahlquist. John became a school principal by age 18, and then went on to write over 10 books in the field of education, some of which were used as standard class room text books in over 300 universities. Scholastically, he accomplished a PhD and Phi Beta Kappa. He served as dean of the School of Education at the University of Utah for many years, and then became became president of San Jose State University in California. Under his administration, San Jose State University grew from a school of approximately 5,000 students to 25,000 students. He directed the acquisition of eight city blocks, closing down of city streets, and the development and construction of over 20 new buildings. The library building on campus, a few years ago, was named the John T. Wahlquist Library, to honor his contribution to the university.He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served ten years on the Sunday School General Board in Salt Lake City. He wrote the first teacher training book for the church, "Teaching as a Direction of Activities," which was translated into many languages and used all over the world.
He is survived by two sons, Don and Carl; his daughter-in-law, Jeniveve; and five grandchildren, Michael, Rebecca, Mathew, Mark, and James. Also surviving is one sister, Mable Wahlquist, of Ogden.
Funeral services will be held in San Jose, California on Monday, December 3, 1990, at the Darling Fisher Chapel, on the corner of Santa Clara and 10th Street, at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. He will be buried in the Los Gatos, California Cemetery, next to his wife, Grace, who preceded him in death in January, 1989. Local funeral directors, Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary.
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