Sigurd D. Medhus earned a BS in Business and Technology from Oregon State College in 1950. He attended Oregon State for four academic years from 1946-1947 through 1949-1950. In the summer of 1949, he attended ROTC summer camp at Hamilton Air Force Base. After graduation, Medhus worked in financial services, including 26 years at General Electric. He was vice president of finance at Hoffman-La Roche, Inc. from 1976 to 1980 and executive vice president and chief financial officer of American Express from 1980 to 1982. In 1982, he was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of U.S. Industries.
Sigurd Duane Medhus was born in Leeds, North Dakota on March 7, 1929 to a Norwegian family. His family moved to Portland, Oregon, and he graduated from Grant High School in 1946. Medhus used the name "S. Duane Medhus" during his college years; he was known by the nickname "Dewey".
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