Geraldine I. Olson joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 1975 as head of the Home Management Department, which became the Family Resource Management Department several years later and subsequently the Human Development and Family Sciences Department. Olson specialized in the study of household management, rural sociology, and economics. She retired from Oregon State University in 2000.
Geraldine Iva Lillian Olson earned a BS in 1961 from the University of Wisconsin in Home Economics and Education. In 1965, she completed an MS degree in Household Economics and Management at Cornell University. From 1965 to 1975, Olson worked as an Instructor and Extension Specialist in Family and Consumer Economics at Ohio State University while completing a Ph.D. at Ohio State.
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