Richard W. Gilkey attended Oregon State College from 1948 to 1953 and earned his BS in Science Education in 1951 and MS in Education in 1953. He was one of the first student photographers to document campus life in an official university capacity; many of his photographs were published in the Beaver yearbooks and Oregon Stater alumni magazine. He also worked as a stringer photographer for the Oregon Journal newspaper in Portland. He co-founded with other students, the Memorial Union Camera Club, which held an annual Spring Salon.
Gilkey was Supervisor of Audiovisual Education for the Portland Public Schools beginning in 1966 and Director of Educational Media from 1972 until his retirement in 1993.
The Archives developed an exhibit of his work that was held on campus in 2005 during the Golden Jubilee reunion weekend.
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