On Saturday, September 20, 2008, Dr. Jay Pinson, dean emeritus of the
Davidson College of Engineering, died of cancer. Dr. Pinson was dean of the
college from 1979-1994.
Dr. Pinson is best known for capitalizing on the human power that SJSU
provided to Silicon Valley. In the 80s, it was the Valley's best-kept
secret that many of SJSU's engineering alumni worked and lived in the area,
contributing to the economy and development of the industry. As dean, part
of Dr. Pinson's mission was to strengthen the bonds between the college and
high-tech industry, making it publicly known that SJSU engineering was a
major contributor to the Valley's growth.
His legacy to the college is the building itself and what it symbolizes. As
the leader of Project 88, Pinson helped raise $38 million from state and
industry funding to renovate and expand the college's facilities. In 1988,
the expansion was completed, increasing the capacity of the college to
enroll over 4,000 students. Under Dr. Pinson's direction, Project 88
brought together the financial and moral support of CSU leaders, industry
and alumni in a collaborative effort to grow engineering education.
Dr. Belle Wei, dean of the college, expressed her respect of her former
colleague: "Dr. Jay Pinson's contributions to the College of Engineering
are enduring. We are reminded of his commitment to the college every day
when we walk into the building, which he made possible through his
dedication and vision."
The Pinson family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the
Jay Pinson Endowment of SJSU or the Barbara Russo Endowment of Ohio
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* Open casket visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00pm on Thursday and
Friday, September 25 and 26, at Darling-Fischer Mortuary, 615 N. Santa Cruz
Ave. in Los Gatos.
* Memorial services will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 27 at
Almaden Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.
* The burial will be at 1:00pm at Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los
Gatos-Almaden Road in San José.
* A reception for friends will be held from 3-5 pm at the Capital Club,
50 W. San Fernando St. in San José.
On Saturday, September 20, 2008, Dr. Jay Pinson, emeritus dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, died of cancer.