Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

George Edmonston, Jr. Collection, 1907-2011

Biographical Note:

George Perkle Edmonston, Jr. was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1946. Following undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University, graduate work at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and service in the United States Navy, Edmonston built a career in writing and public relations through numerous positions at LSU, ultimately serving as editor of LSU Magazine for two years.

In 1986 Edmonston was hired to the position of Editor of the Oregon Stater alumni magazine, which he held until retiring in 2005. During his tenure, the alumni publication switched from newsprint tabloid format to a glossy magazine, and received eight national awards as well as six regional awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. A prolific writer, Edmonston published dozens of articles focused on the history, traditions and culture of Oregon State University, and is the author of three books. Edmonston also regularly engaged with the campus community, speaking at numerous OSU-related events, especially those sponsored by the OSU Alumni Center. In 2007 Edmonston's service to OSU was formally recognized when he was named an Honorary Alumnus of Oregon State University.

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