Alumnus and conservationist John Scharff was a founder of the E. R. Jackman Institute (later the E. R. Jackman Foundation) and was president of its board for the first fourteen years of its existence. He was manager of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from 1935 until his retirement in 1971. In 1971 he received Distinguished Service Awards from both OSU and the Department of the Interior. Scharff died June 11, 1998 in Burns, Oregon.
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