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Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Collection, 2013-2014

Biographical Notes

Jo Alexander (b. 1944) served as Managing Editor of the OSU Press from 1984 until her retirement in 2013. Jeff Grass (b. 1948) preceded Alexander as Managing Editor from 1978-1984 before his promotion to the position of Director of the OSU Press, which he occupied from 1984 to his retirement in 2003.

Stacy Allison (b. 1958) attended OSU from 1976-1979, studying home economics. In 1979 she dropped out of college to pursue her love of mountain climbing and in 1988 she became the first American woman to successfully summit Mt. Everest.

Roy Arnold (b. 1946) earned a master's degree (1965) and a Ph. D (1967) in Food Science from OSU. He is an emeritus Professor and Dean in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and also a former Provost and Executive Vice President of the university.

Terry Baker (b. 1941) was a star athlete at Oregon State during his three years on the football team and four years playing basketball. The recipient of the 1962 Heisman Trophy for his exploits as the Beavers quarterback, Baker and his teammates also reached the Final Four of the 1963 NCAA basketball tournament. Following a short stint in professional football, Baker enjoyed as successful career as a lawyer.

David Bella (b. 1938) worked as a member of the OSU Civil Engineering faculty from 1967 to 1998. Active in the local environmental movement, Bella's research focused on computer modeling of aquatic ecosystems, systems theory and environmental crisis.

Julie Bentz (b. 1964) is a 1986 graduate of OSU, having received her bachelor's degree in Radiological Health. A United States Army Major General in the Oregon National Guard, Bentz has also served as Director, Strategic Capabilities Policy on President Obama's National Security Staff.

Yvenson Bernard (b. 1984), the son of Haitian immigrants, played tailback for the OSU football team from 2003-2007, finishing his career in second place on the OSU football career rushing list. In 2010 he spearheaded a major relief effort for victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January of that year. With his brother Giovanni, an NFL running back, Bernard continues to lead outreach efforts in Haiti.

John Block (b. 1938) was a member of the OSU Pharmacy faculty for thirty-seven years, from 1966-2003. Block also served on the Oregon Board of Pharmacy for eight years, during which time he assisted with interpreting and implementing Oregon's assisted suicide law.

Tammy Bray (b. 1945), a native of China, is Executive Dean of OSU's Division of Health Sciences, Dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry and Principal Investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute.

Geoffrey Brooks (b. 1947) is a 1973 alum of OSU's College of Education, majoring in Elementary Education. He spent forty years as a teacher and educator in the Portland Public School system and is a member of the OSU Board of Visitors.

Knute Buehler (b. 1964) attended OSU from 1982-1986, where he played on the baseball team and graduated with a bachelor's degree in microbiology. Following his undergraduate studies, Buehler attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he studied politics and economics. Buehler pursued medicine as a career and presently lives in Bend, Oregon.

Karyle Butcher (b. 1942) served the OSU Libraries for twenty-nine years. From 1996-2010 she directed the OSU Libraries as Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian. From 2007-2010 she also led the OSU Press.

John Byrne (b. 1928) is an emeritus Professor and Dean in the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. A former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Byrne served as President of Oregon State University from 1984-1995.

Susan Castillo (b. 1951) is an OSU alumnus, graduating in 1981 with a degree in Communications. An award-winning journalist, Castillo became an Oregon State Senator in 1997 and, from 2003-2012, served as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Oregon Department of Education.

Emery Castle (b. 1923) is an emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, who was on faculty at Oregon State from 1954-1976 and 1986-1993. During his career in Corvallis, Castle served as Dean of Faculty, Dean of the Graduate School and Chair of the University Graduate Faculty of Economics, in addition to six years as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. He also spent ten years in the leadership of Resources for the Future, a Washington D.C.-based public policy institute.

Ralph Cheek (b. 1930) graduate from Oregon State College in 1952 with degrees in Business and Naval Science. From 1955-1986 he worked for Kaiser Aluminum Center in numerous capacities, working his way up to Vice President of Europe Operations. In retirement Cheek developed two successful recycling ventures including IMCO, the world's largest recycler of aluminum and zinc, which he headed until 1994.

Ralph Coleman, Jr. (b. 1931) graduated from Oregon State College in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Coleman also played baseball at OSC for his father, Ralph Sr., an OAC alum who coached baseball at Oregon State for thirty-six seasons from the 1920s to 1966.

Roosevelt Credit (class of 1990) completed his undergraduate degree in Music Education at OSU before beginning a career in musical and stage performance. His credits include appearances on Broadway in Showboat and Porgy and Bess.

G. Brent Dalrymple (b. 1937) is a distinguished geologist and emeritus Dean of the OSU College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. In 2005 he received the National Medal of Science in recognition of work that he conducted that was crucial to the development of plate tectonics theory.

Jodie Davaz (class of 2015) has spent three years as a student employee at KBVR-FM, including one year as station manager. Beginning in Fall 2014, she will lead the production of what was formerly known as the Beaver Yearbook, now Beaver Mag.

Jim Denison (b. 1927), a World War II veteran, attended Oregon State College from 1946-1950, graduating with a degree in Forest Engineering. Over a career that spanned nearly fifty years, Denison held many positions in the forest industry, including timber cruising and property evaluation. From 1990-2010, he and his wife operated a forestry engineering firm called Coastal Land Management.

Jenna Dorn (b. 1950) graduated from OSU's journalism program in 1973. She has enjoyed a long and decorated career in public service including stints as head of the Federal Transit Administration, Assistant Secretary of Labor, senior vice president of the American Red Cross and Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

James Douglass (b. 1936) was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of the OSU Bands from 1968-1999.

Michael Driscoll (b. 1942) is a 1970 OSU graduate, who earned a bachelor's degree in Education. Driscoll is also an Atomic Veteran having spent four years in the United States Navy, during which time he was exposed to two atmospheric nuclear tests: Operation Frigate Bird and Operation Swordfish.

Don Essig (b. 1938) is a 1960 graduate of Oregon State College, majoring in elementary education. Since 1967 he has served as public address announcer at University of Oregon sporting events, primarily football and basketball.

Paul Farber (b. 1944) is emeritus chair of the OSU History Department. A leading scholar of the history of biology, Farber was on faculty at OSU from 1970-2008.

Steve Fenk is a 1987 graduate of OSU. Since 1990 he has worked within the OSU Department of Sports Information and in 2006 was named Assistant Athletic Director for Communications.

Dorothy Fenner (b. 1917) graduated from Oregon State College in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics Education. A code-breaker with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, Dorothy maintained a long association with OSU, partly through her husband John, who served as Executive Secretary of the OSU Alumni Association and, later, President of the OSU Foundation.

Balz Frei (b. 1958), Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has served as Director of OSU's Linus Pauling Institute since 1997.

John Gardner (b. 1939) is an OSU emeritus Professor of Physics. Gardner lost his sight in 1988, at which point he shifted his research focus from solid state physics to accessibility technologies for blind academics, particularly those in the sciences. In 1996 he founded ViewPlus Technologies to further the research and manufacture of products meant to assist those with limited or no vision.

Tim Hall (b. 1955) graduated from OSU in 1977 with a degree in Technical Journalism. During his time in Corvallis, Hall helped to establish the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. Following graduation, Hall built a career in public service, including a lengthy tenure at the Portland Water Bureau. Hall also serves on the OSU Board of Visitors.

Karim Hamdy (b. 1952) is an instructor teaching Arabic and French in OSU's Department of World Languages and Cultures. Hamdy studied both civil engineering and linguistics while an OSU doctoral candidate in the 1980s and 1990s. He is also the co-founder of an OSU study abroad program based in his native Tunisia.

Paula Hammond (b. 1956) is an OSU Civil Engineering graduate, having received her bachelor's degree in 1979. Her long career with the Washington State Department of Transportation culminated with her appointment as WSDOT Secretary in 2007. Hammond headed the department for six years, stepping down in 2013.

Erin Haynes (class of 1972) attended OSU from 1968-1972, serving as class president his senior year. Employed by the OSU Registrar's Office and, later, the OSU Foundation, Haynes is a historian of and advisor to the campus chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he lived during his college career.

Joe Hendricks (b. 1943) is a gerontologist, emeritus Professor of Sociology and founding Dean of the University Honors College at OSU.

Michael Henthorne (b. 1952) has served as Director of the OSU Memorial Union since 1987.

Darlene Hooley (b. 1939) received her B.S. in Education from Oregon State College in 1961. Active for several years in Oregon politics, Hooley was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1996, where she served until her retirement from public office in 2008.

Tom House, (b. 1925) a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, graduated from Oregon State College in 1949, serving as student body president his senior year.

Leon Hubbard (1917-2014), the son of two Oregon Agricultural College graduates, completed his Oregon State College bachelor's degree in 1941, majoring in Horticulture. Hubbard worked for the OSU Extension Service before devoting the bulk of his career to private agricultural concerns, in particular the Gresham Berry Growers.

Katharine Jefferts Schori (b. 1954), received a MS (1977) and Ph.D. (1983) in Oceanography from OSU. In 1994 she earned her Master of Divinity and began working in Corvallis' Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan. In 2006 she was elected as Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the United States, the first female to occupy this position.

Sisters Nan Jensen (b. 1935) and Ellen Johnson (b. 1932) are both Oregon State College General Science alums. Their father, Francois A. Gilfillan, spent thirty-five years in service to OSC as Dean of Science and, from 1941-1942, Acting President.

Ruth (Martin) Jones and Rita (Young) Kilstrom, both graduates of the class of 1959, were each involved in the Theater Arts program at OSC. Kilstrom also grew up on the Oregon State campus; her father was D. Palmer Young, professor of theater craft in the Speech Department from 1927 through the early 1960s. Jones was born and raised in Corvallis as well, the daughter of a local retail lumberman.

Ann Kiessling (b. 1942) received her doctorate in Biochemistry/Biophysics from OSU in 1971. An accomplished scientist, Kiessling has emerged as a leading stem cell researcher and is the founder of the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation in Massachusetts.

Ling-Jung "Kelvin" Koong (b. 1943) was an administrator in the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences from 1987-2012. From 1999-2001 he served as Interim Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and in that time was successful in transitioning the school from a two-year to a four-year program.

Paul Kopperman (b. 1945) has taught in OSU's History Department since 1978, focusing primarily on British history. He has also chaired the university's Holocaust Memorial Program Committee since 1994.

Andy Landforce (b. 1917) is a 1942 OSC graduate, majoring in Agriculture. A member of the 1942 Rose Bowl team, Landforce enjoyed a long career at OSU as a County Extension Agent and later as a Wildlife Management Specialist.

Mary (Ayotte) Law (b. 1959) and Joy (Selig) Petersen (b. 1968) are two legends of OSU gymnastics. Law won the NCAA individual title in the floor exercise in 1982 while Petersen claimed national titles in both the balance beam (1989, 1990) and the floor exercise (1990).

Jane Lubchenco (b. 1947) is Distinguished Professor of Zoology at OSU. From 2009-2013 she served as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere.

Robert Lundeen (b. 1921) received his OSC degree in chemical engineering in 1942. Lundeen devoted more than three decades to Dow Chemical, eventually rising to the position of Chairman of the Board prior to his retirement in 1986.

Alyssa Martin (class of 2015) is an undergraduate in civil engineering and a member of the OSU women's basketball team. Over the course of her four-year career as a Beaver basketball player, Martin scored 985 points.

Mike McCallister (class of 1965) received a degree in geology from OSU prior to a long career as an oceanographer for the United States Navy as well as private alternative energy concerns. He is among the fourth of a five generation Oregon State family.

Corvallis native June (Geil) McCallister (class of 1940) graduated from Oregon State College with a degree in secretarial science. Third in a five generation Oregon State family, McCallister's great uncle was William Asa Finley, the first President of Oregon Agricultural College.

Keith Nishida is a doctoral candidate and graduate teaching assistant in the OSU School of Design and Human Environment. In 2012 he founded DAMchic, an online fashion and lifestyle magazine produced by OSU students.

Carlton Olson (class of 1973) and Alice Rader (class of 1967) were participants in the "Books for Birmingham" Drive of 1964. The effort, which was led by OSU student volunteers, resulted in some 14,000 books being donated to Miles College, a historically black institution in Birmingham, Alabama.

Bud Ossey (b. 1919), the son of an Oregon Agricultural College alum, graduated from Oregon State College in 1943 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Ossey is a charter member and past president of the Beaver Club and has worked closely with the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. Enshrined in the OSU Engineering Hall of Fame in 2006, Ossey spent twenty-eight years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Pacific Division.

Al Parr (b. 1942) earned dual bachelors degrees in physics and mathematics from OSU in 1964. Parr enjoyed a long career as a physicist, specializing in optical technologies, for the National Bureau of Standards and Technology. He is also a book collector of consequence and, in 2012, donated the Albert and Ruth Parr Rare Book Collection to the OSU Libraries.

Don Pettit (b. 1955) is a 1978 graduate of OSU, receiving his degree in chemical engineering. Pettit has made a career with NASA as an astronaut and is a veteran of two long-duration stays on the International Space Station, among other achievements.

George Poinar (b. 1936) is the founder of the discipline of paleoentomology. An entomologist and international expert on nematode parasites, Poinar's studies of insect and plant fossils trapped in ancient amber served as inspiration for Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park and paved the way for similar investigations now conducted around the world. Since 1995, Poinar has served as courtesy faculty in the OSU Department of Zoology.

Beth Rietveld (b. 1953) worked at OSU in numerous capacities from 1977-2011. From 1992 until her retirement, Rietveld served as Director of the OSU Women's Center.

Les Risser (b. 1949), a Miami University graduate and former English teacher, was first lady of Oregon State University from 1996-2002. She is married to Paul Risser, former President of OSU and Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

Paul Risser (b. 1939) is an internationally renowned biologist who served as President of OSU from 1996-2002. Following his time in Corvallis, Risser went on to lead the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education as Chancellor from 2003-2006.

Hossein Rojhantalab (b. 1944), a native of Iran, earned a Ph.D.. in physical chemistry from OSU in 1976. Following the completion of his doctoral studies, Rojhantalab returned to Iran to work as an academic. As turmoil mounted in his home country, Rojhantalab came back to Oregon in 1985 and ultimately enjoyed a successful career as an engineer at Intel.

Henry Sayre (b. 1951) is an OSU Distinguished Professor of Art History and a member of the faculty at OSU-Cascades. His highly successful textbook, A World of Art (1994) was repurposed as a ten-part television series produced by PBS in 1997.

Jane (Saling) Schaeffer, Jim Schaeffer, Harley Smith and Dave Socolofsky are all graduates of the Oregon State College class of 1959. Smith, Socolofsky and Saling were very active in student government, having run for various offices together on the "Shamrock Platform."

Bob Schoning (b. 1923) enjoyed a long career in fisheries science, spending twenty-four years with the Oregon Fish Commission, including eleven years as its Director. Schoning dedicated another seven years to leading the National Marine Fisheries Service before concluding his career as a Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU.

Dale Story (b. 1942) was an elite distance runner who, in 1961, won the national championship in cross country while an OSU undergraduate. Graduating with degrees in Wildlife Management and Education, Story taught and coached track at Wallowa High School for thirty years.

Warner Strausbaugh (class of 2014) is an undergraduate in political science and a four-year employee of the OSU Daily Barometer. He served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper for the 2013-14 academic year.

Maret Traber (b. 1950), Director of the Oxidative and Nitrosative Stress Core at the Linus Pauling Institute, has been affiliated with OSU since 1998. She is among the world's leading experts on vitamin E.

Cliff Trow (b. 1929) is an OSU Emeritus Professor of History, having been a member of the faculty from 1968-1997. Trow also served as a legislator in the Oregon Senate from 1975-2002.

Jo Anne Trow (b. 1931) 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.

Paul Valenti (1920-2014) played basketball as an OSC undergraduate from 1938-1942 and later coached basketball, baseball and tennis at his alma mater. From 1970 to his retirement in 1982, Valenti served as Assistant Director of Athletics.

Tony Van Vliet (b. 1930), a 1952 OSC graduate, taught in the Forestry Department from 1955-1990. Van Vliet also served for over twenty years in Oregon's House of Representatives while continuing to be active in local civic affairs.

Dick Weinman (b. 1933) is an emeritus professor of Speech Communications who worked at OSU from 1967-1998. Weinman helped to found KBVR-TV and also hosted Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Morning Edition" radio program for twenty-two years.

Roger Werth (b. 1957), a 1980 OSU graduate, has worked as a photojournalist for the Longview (Washington) Daily News for over thirty years. He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1981 for his iconic photographs of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.

Bryan Wolfe (b. 1944), a fifth generation farmer and rancher, graduated from OSU in 1966 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Wolfe is the owner of the Wolfe Feedlot and the W. Bryan Wolfe Ranch, located near Hermiston, Oregon.

Mary (Carlin) Yates (b. 1946), graduated from OSU in 1968. After ten years as a teacher, Yates entered the U.S. foreign service, ultimately rising the position of Ambassador to Burundi and, later, Ghana. Her career also included stints as White House Security Council Senior Director for African Affairs and Charge d'Affairs to Sudan.

Harry Yeh (b. 1950), is an OSU Professor of Civil Engineering and an international expert on tsunamis. He has conducted field surveys of numerous areas afflicted by tsunamis, including areas in Japan devastated by the Tohoku tsunami in 2011.


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