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Robert W. Henderson Papers, 1933-2005

Biographical Note:

Bob Henderson’s connection with OSU spanned more than 70 years from 1933, when he enrolled as a freshman from Hermiston, until his death in early 2006. During this time he served student body president in 1937-1938, earned a BS in agronomy in 1938, and served as a Farm Crops faculty member and Assistant Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1946 until his retirement in 1976. Henderson completed a masters degree at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in plant genetics at the University of Minnesota in 1949.

Henderson was an avid photographer and carried a camera wherever he went on or off campus; he was well-known throughout Oregon for his slide prsenations to schools and clubs on OSU's agricultural research. His 30-year retirement was an active one as he became known for his expertise in numismatics, participated in Triad Club and other OSU activities, and continued as a ubiquitous photographer.

Alice Welbes graduated from Oregon State College in 1937. She and Henderson married in 1938.


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