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Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection, 1995-2014

Biographical Note:

James (Jimmy) Anderson both played for and coached Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team, first serving as an assistant coach and chief recruiter for head coach Ralph Miller before taking over the program as the new head coach in 1989. The Beavers were PAC-10 champions for the 1989-1990 season, and Anderson retired as head coach after the 1994-1995 season.

Helen M. Berg earned an MS in statistics from Oregon State University in 1973 and worked as a statistician and Director of the Survey Research Center at OSU from 1975 until her retirement in 1993. She was active in a variety of community organizations including the Madison Avenue Task Force and the Corvallis Community Day Care Board. She served on the Corvallis City Council from 1991 to 1994 and as mayor for three 4-year terms (1995-2006).

David R. Brauner has served as professor of anthropology at OSU since 1977, with a research focus on historical archeology of the Pacific Northwest. With his students, Brauner has researched topics including the French-Canadian/Métis employees of the Hudson's Bay Company (Oregon's first non-native settlers), and the role of the military and its forts in Oregon during and after the American Civil War.

Emery N. Castle joined the faculty of Oregon State in 1954 in agricultural and resource economics. He held several administrative posts including department head, Dean of Faculty, and Dean of the Graduate School before leaving OSU in 1976 for a position as senior research fellow at Resources for the Future. Castle returned to Oregon State in 1986 as chair of the University Graduate Faculty of Economics, a position he held until his retirement in 1992.

Joseph Cone is Assistant Director and Communications Leader for Oregon Sea Grant; he began work with Oregon Sea Grant in 1983. A Common Fate, explores the history and sociology of salmon depletion in the Pacific Northwest and tells the stories of Northwest citizens working to prevent extinction. Cone's book was originally published in 1995 by Henry Holt. A revised edition, with epilogue, was published by the Oregon State University Press in 1996.

Kenton (Kent) Daniels is a retired co-director of the OSU Office of International Research and Development. Daniels is a former Corvallis City Council member and Benton County Commissioner who remains active in local government as the Corvallis Planning Commissioner.

Gwil Evans graduated from Oregon State in 1961 and was editor of the student newspaper, the Daily Barometer, during his senior year. He joined the Oregon State faculty in 1966 as an assistant professor of journalism and held a variety of positions before his retirement in 2003. He served as the first director of communications for the Sea Grant College Program, director of communications for the OSU Extension Service, and director and head of the Department of Agricultural Communications. In 1992, he began an assignment in the Dean's Office of the College of Agricultural Sciences where he oversaw communications, organizational design, strategic planning, computing and networking, the Art about Agriculture program, and research accountability.

Margaret Fox, assistant professor, taught classes through OSU's Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) from 1982 to 2007.

Wilbert (Wil) Gamble became a faculty member in biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State in 1962; Gamble retired in 1998 but continues to research atherosclerosis.

Erlinda Gonzales-Berry joined the Oregon State University faculty in 1997 as chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies, a position she held until her retirement in December 2007. Gonzales-Berry specialized in teaching Latino literature and culture, published extensively on Chicano and Nuevomexicano literature and culture, and conducted research on immigration from Mexico to the United States.

Bryce Gregory is a contractor based in Portland, Oregon.

Lawrence (Larry) Griggs served in various positions for the OSU Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) from 1974 until his retirement in 2008. Starting as an instructor and counselor, Griggs soon became Coordinator of Admissions and Financial Aid for the program before serving as Assistant Director of EOP from 1978 to 1986. The following year he was the Acting Director of the Affirmative Action Office and was officially promoted to Director of the EOP in 1987.

Roberta Hall is an emeritus professor of anthropology who was on faculty at OSU from 1974 to her retirement in 2003. A major theme of her research is human adaptation, which has led to studies on health, prehistory, human biology, culture and skeletal biology. She is particularly well-known for her work with the Coquille Indian Tribe, based on the southern Oregon coast.

Zoe Ann Holmes was Professor of Nutrition and Food Management at Oregon State University from 1974 until her retirement in 2002. Holmes’ research focused on food production, processing, and preparation.

C. Warren Hovland was a professor of religious studies at Oregon State from 1949 until his retirement in 1986. Under his leadership as chair, the Oregon State Department of Religious Studies was the first authorized by the Oregon State System of Higher Education to offer an undergraduate degree in religious studies.

Appointed to the OSU Board of Visitors in 1986, Phyllis Lee served as acting director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs before assuming the directorship in 1992. After earning a doctorate in counseling from OSU in 1983, Lee worked for Kaiser Permanente in Portland before returning to campus in 1991. Lee also worked as a public school teacher and in counseling education at Portland State University prior to her post with the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Michael (Mike) Maksud is dean emeritus from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences (1980 – 1995). Maksud’s distinguished career includes being inducted into the University of Illinois – Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame and receiving the Distinguished Administrator Award from the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education.

Carol Menken-Schaudt was a Kodak All-American in basketball for Oregon State University. In 1981, she led the nation in scoring and in field goal shooting percentage (.750). At 6-5, she was the first player in school history in either men’s or women’s basketball to score 2,000 points in a career. Menken led the 1981 team to a 21-6 record and won the Olympic gold medal with the United States team in 1984. She graduated from Oregon State in 1983 and played professional basketball in Italy before returning to Corvallis.

Miriam Minnick is professor emeritus of information services for the OSU Valley Library. As a librarian Minnick specialized in both interlibrary loans and references.

Sylvia Moore was an OSU employee for more than 30 years as a member of the faculty of the College of Health and Human Performance, deputy director of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and director of University Conference Facilities, Services and Special Events. A past coach of OSU's gymnastics and women's basketball teams, Moore was a leader in promoting women's athletics.

Richard Morita began his career at Oregon State University in 1962 as an Associate Professor of Microbiology and Oceanography. Specializing in the study of microbial life forms in oceanic environments, Morita participated in several deep-sea research expeditions early in his career. In 1964, Morita achieved the post of Professor; he retired in 1989.

Gail Nickerson attended Oregon State College and lived in Waldo Hall in 1956.

Miriam Orzech was Assistant Director and Academic Coordinator for the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) from 1969 to 1974, when she became Director of the program.

Clara Pratt joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 1978 as director of the gerontology program and a professor in human development and family sciences. Pratt served as Interim Dean of the College of Home Economics beginning in 2000 and retired in 2005.

Beth Rietveld served as director of the OSU Women's Center from 1993-2011 and as coordinator of OSU's Growing Oaks child care center from 1997-1999. Rietveld was also instrumental in the founding of the OSU Faculty Women's Network and the Graduate Women's Network, as well as the Office of Women's Advancement and Gender Equity and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Office.

Carol Savonen is an emeritus professor and science writer for OSU Extension and Experiment Station Communications. A master gardener, Savonen also served as associate producer and head writer for "Northwest Gardening," on Oregon Public Broadcasting. She retired from OSU in 2008.

Susan Shaw is a professor of Women Studies at OSU, having first arrived in Corvallis in 1996. Shaw earned masters and Ph.D. degrees in religious studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her research interests include religion, rock and roll, and HIV/AIDS.

Terri Tower worked for the OSU University Housing and Dining Services from 1989 to 2006, starting as the Assistant Director for Resident Life and then moving between other positions related to family housing and conferences. Since retiring, Tower has been the volunteer coordinator and president (2011-2012) for the OSU Retirement Association.

Clifford (Cliff) Trow was a faculty member in history at Oregon State University from 1965 until his retirement in 1997. He also served seven 4-year terms (28 years total) as an Oregon State Senator, representing the Corvallis area from 1975 until 2003.

Jo Anne Trow worked as Assistant Dean of Women, Associate Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs at OSU during a career that spanned the years 1965-1995.

Richard Tubb is a professor emeritus in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and served as department chair from 1975 to 1993. Tubb spent time in Kuwait investigating the possibility for creating tire reefs in place of coral reefs and also helped set up a fisheries research center in Oman.

Paul Valenti was recruited to play for the OSU men’s basketball team in 1938 and lettered three years on the varsity team from 1939 to 1942. After a stint in the Navy, Valenti served as Amory "Slats" Gill’s assistant for nineteen years before becoming the head coach in 1964. He retired as head coach in 1970 but has remained a part of OSU athletics. Valenti has been inducted into the halls of fame for the state of Oregon, Oregon State Athletics, and the Pac-12 Conference.

Charles Vars is an OSU professor emeritus in economics who also served two terms on the Corvallis City Council (1983-1987) and was elected as mayor of Corvallis in 1986 and again in 1990.

Rodney (Rod) Waldron came to Oregon State University in 1954 to assume the post of Administrative Assistant to the OSU Librarian. In 1962 Waldron was promoted to the position of Associate Director of OSU Libraries and, three years later, to the post of Director. Waldron served as the Director of OSU Libraries from 1965 to his retirement in 1984.

Leroy Wilder is an OSU alumnus who participated in the ROTC Raiders program during the Vietnam War.

Aaron Wolf is both an Associate Professor of Geography and a trained mediator in conflict resolution. Wolf has been at OSU since 1998, and his professional interests include transboundary water conflict prevention and resolution, water resources institutional development and policy analysis, and environmental policy analysis.


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