H. Brett Melendy
H. Brett Melendy of Cupertino, California, died at home on April 19, 2008. Born May 3, 1924, in Eureka to Howard and Pearl Melendy, he attended Eureka schools and Humboldt State before earning an A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
As an historian and educator, Melendy held professorships in history at San Jose State University and University of Hawaii. He served as the first chair of San Jose State’s History Department. Other administrative positions held included Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies and Interim Academic Vice President at San Jose State, and Vice President for Community Colleges at University of Hawaii.
Melendy’s prolific publication record demonstrates his love of writing history. A Californian historian, his research interests broadened to include Asian immigration to the United States and the history of the territory of Hawaii. His last published work was a memoir of the 1930s (Growing Up along California’s North Coast, 2004).
Melendy’s extensive community service included the San Jose City Commission on the Internment of Japanese Americans, two terms on the Santa Clara County Grand Jury, and nine years (four as president) on the Board of Directors for the Forum at Rancho San Antonio. He was an avid Stanford sports fan, stamp and coin collector and enjoyed travel to 50 states and 5 continents.
H. Brett Melendy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marian, daughters Brenda, Darcie, and Lisa, and seven grandchildren, all of whom attest to his love of family as his greatest asset.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in his memory to Stanford Annual Fund, Gift Processing, Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94305.
A memorial service is set for June 12, 3 pm, at the Forum at Rancho San Antonio, 23500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino, CA.
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