Prominent San Jose attorney Hugh Stuart Center (1905-1977) had deep roots in Santa Clara Valley. His legacy, the Hugh Stuart
Center Charitable Trust, has been an important supporter of arts and culture, education and human services throughout Santa
Clara County for more than thirty-five years.
Center, an expert in civil law and trial procedure, was highly respected for his wide-ranging legal skill. His geniality,
wit, and integrity were at work not only in the courtroom, but in local political and social circles. He was an early organizer
of the Young Republicans of California, and active in local Republican Party politics throughout the 1930s. He earned a commendation
for his negotiating skills while serving during World War II in the U.S. Navy as District Labor Relations Officer for the
12th Naval District, and later the Western Sea Command. After the war, he returned to San Jose and a successful law practice.
(See attached Guide for a full biography).