Tony Van Vliet was born in San Francisco, California, in January 1930. He received a B.S. in forest products in 1952 and an M.S. in wood science in 1958, both from Oregon State. He received a Ph.D. in forest products from Michigan State University in 1970. Van Vliet taught in OSU's School of Forestry from 1955 to 1990, and from 1963-1971 was also a forest products extension specialist. He served as associate director of the Career Planning and Placement Center from 1971-1978, and was director of the center from 1978 until his retirement from OSU in 1990.
Van Vliet was first elected to the Oregon Legislative Assembly in the fall of 1974, and was subsequently re-elected to nine two year terms. He declined to seek re-election in 1994 and retired from the legislature in January 1995. Van Vliet served on the Joint Ways and Means Committee from the 1979 session through the 1993 session; he was co-chair of the committee in 1991. He also served on the Emergency Board (1977 through 1991 sessions); the Governor's Public Lands Advisory Committee (1979 through 1993 sessions); and the Joint Data Processing Committee (1977 through 1991 sessions).
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