The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project

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Stacy Allison Oral History Interview - July 21, 2014

Stacy Allison Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
July 21, 2014
Stacy Allison (b. 1958) grew up on a farm near Woodburn, Oregon before attending OSU as an undergraduate majoring in Nutrition. While at Oregon State, Allison discovered a passion for mountain climbing that ultimately led to her dropping out of school in favor of pursuing the summits of many of the world's highest peaks. In September 1988, Allison made history when she became the first U.S. woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In addition to her noteworthy career as a mountaineer, Allison has also developed successful businesses as a motivational speaker and a general contractor. Her interview focuses on her early climbing years in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, her two expeditions to Mount Everest, the advancement of women in mountaineering from the 1980s to present day, and her career outside of mountain climbing.

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Mike Beilstein Oral History Interview - July 7, 2016

Mike Beilstein Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
July 7, 2016
Mike Beilstein (b. 1951) is an OSU alum who was a member of the university's first undergraduate cohort in Biochemistry & Biophysics, completing his degree in 1973. After a two-year stint in the Peace Corps and two additional years of work and political engagement in the Washington, D.C. area, Beilstein returned to Corvallis and spent the next two decades researching selenium deficiency in the laboratory of Philip Whanger, an OSU professor of Agricultural Chemistry. In the early 1990s, Beilstein also returned to political activism, helping to lead a successful living wage campaign and ultimately serving for six terms as a member of the Corvallis city council. Retired from OSU in 2007, Beilstein is heavily involved with a number of environmental and social justice groups including, for a number of years, an annual trip to Cuba in protest of the United States trade and travel ban. His interview details his OSU student experience in the early 1970s; the influential two years that he spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho; his research career at Oregon State; and his years of political activism and public service.

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Larry Bielenberg Oral History Interview - March 21, 2016

Larry Bielenberg Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
March 21, 2016
Larry Bielenberg (b. 1955) was a student-athlete on the OSU wrestling team who competed from 1974-1977. One of the most highly decorated wrestlers in Oregon State history, Bielenberg earned All American honors three times and won the NCAA championship as a heavyweight in 1975. Still the second-winningest wrestler in school history, Bielenberg was inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named to the Pac-12 All Century Team in 2016. Graduating in 1978 with a degree in Health and Human Performance, Bielenberg pursued a career in the pharmaceuticals industry as a technician and manager. In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview, Bielenberg reflects on his hardscrabble upbringing as one of ten children; the evolution of his wrestling career, both collegiately and on the international level; the personality and influence of legendary OSU wrestling coach Dale Thomas; and Bielenberg's career and family life in the years after wrestling.

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The Books for Birmingham Project - March 20, 2014

The Books for Birmingham Project

An interview with Carlton Olson and Alice Rader, conducted by Mike Dicianna.
March 20, 2014
In January and February 1964, Oregon State University students collected over 14,000 books for transport and deposit at the Miles College library in Birmingham, Alabama. Miles College was the primary four-year college available to African-American youth hailing from the Birmingham area, yet its library was so inadequate that the school risked losing its accreditation. The Books for Birmingham project was a highly visible instance of OSU student participation in the Civil Rights Movement. In this interview, two students fundamental to the initiative, Alice (Elle) Rader and Carlton Olson, share their memories of the project and of subsequent civil rights and anti-war activism on the OSU campus and beyond.

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Geoffrey Brooks Oral History Interview - February 18, 2014

Geoffrey Brooks Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
February 18, 2014
Geoffrey Brooks (1947-2016), a native of Portland, attended Oregon State University from 1970 to 1973, graduating with a B.S. in Elementary Education. While at OSU, Brooks was heavily involved with student activist groups including the Black Student Union. Following the completion of his studies, Brooks began what would become a forty-year career with the Portland Public Schools. His connection with OSU continued through his service on the President's Board of Visitors, the Office of Equity and Inclusion's Board of Multicultural Advisors, and the College of Education, among other groups. His interview concentrates on his undergraduate experience at OSU with particular focus paid to student activism in the early 1970s and the circumstances faced by students of color at that time.

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Margaret Carter Oral History Interview - April 18, 2016

Margaret Carter Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
April 18, 2016
Margaret Carter (b. 1935) is the first African American woman to hold elected office in the Oregon legislature. First joining the Oregon House in 1984, Carter later served in the state Senate, and was variously appointed as Senate President Pro Tempore and chair of the Joint Budget Committee. In 2009 she left the Senate to work as Deputy Director of the state's Department of Human Services, continuing with the department until her retirement in 2014. Carter and her five children left their native Louisiana in 1967, fleeing an abusive home environment. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Education from Portland State University in 1972, Carter enrolled in Oregon State University's Portland-based master's in counseling degree program in 1973. Completing this degree a year later, Carter found employment at Portland Community College, where she worked as a counselor and as a faculty member for the next twenty-seven years. Her interview focuses on her southern upbringing and her relocation to Oregon; her educational experience at OSU; and a few highlights of her pioneering career in public service.

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The Extension Tradition in the Columbia River Gorge - August 9, 2016

The Extension Tradition in the Columbia River Gorge

Two life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen.
August 9, 2016
The Extension and Experiment Station traditions in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge date back well over one-hundred years to the founding of the Mid-Columbia Experiment Station in 1913, and the first employment of agricultural agents in Wasco County in 1916 and Sherman County in 1918. In August 2016, two interviews were conducted with individuals closely associated with the more modern history of Extension and Experiment Station efforts across the region. Billie Stevens (b. 1951) is a retired 4-H Extension agent who served Hood River County from 1985 to 2009. Sandy Macnab (b. 1953) is an OSU alum who has spent nearly his entire life in Sherman and Wasco Counties, playing a major role in a wide variety of area Extension efforts since 1979.

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Ted Cox Oral History Interview - June 7, 2016

Ted Cox Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton.
June 7, 2016
Ted Cox (b. 1947) is the owner and founder of the Old World Deli, a Corvallis institution that has been located in the south end of the city's downtown district since 1977. In addition, Cox is a former Peace Corps volunteer who spent two years teaching in Sierra Leone and another two years as the national track and field coach in present-day Belize. He is likewise an OSU alum, having completed his master's degree in Physical Education in 1975, a time period during which he also served as the first women's volleyball coach at Oregon State during the Title IX era. Through his work at the Old World Deli, Cox became a pioneering figure in the local homebrewing scene, selling equipment, providing instruction, and building community. His interview traces his upbringing in California and his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer; his experiences as a student and coach at OSU; the early years of the Old World Deli and homebrewing in Corvallis; and the history of brewing in the city, dating back to the mid-1800s.

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Dennis Dimick Oral History Interview - December 15, 2014

Dennis Dimick Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
December 15, 2014
Dennis Dimick (b. 1951) graduated from OSU in 1973 with a degree in General Agriculture. While at Oregon State, Dimick also pursued a growing interest in photojournalism and eventually built a career as a photographer, reporter and editor at several newspapers. From 1980 to 2015, Dimick was a staff member at National Geographic, retiring as the magazine's Executive Environment Editor. In 2013, Dimick received the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, which is the most prestigious honor granted by the National Press Photographers Association. His interview focuses on his roots in agriculture, the development of his skillet as a journalist, his memories of National Geographic, and his influential work documenting and reporting on contemporary environmental issues.

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Jenna Dorn Oral History Interview - September 17, 2013

Jenna Dorn Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
September 17, 2013
Jenna Dorn (b. 1950) graduated from OSU's Journalism department in 1973. Following graduate study in public administration, Dorn began a long and successful career as a public servant based in Washington, D.C. In the public sector, Dorn has served as Assistant Secretary of Labor and head of the Federal Transit Administration, and has held multiple positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation. She has also provided leadership to the American Red Cross in the role of senior vice president and has worked in similar capacities with the National Health Museum and the World Bank. At the time of this interview, Dorn held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Dorn's interview details her undergraduate experience at OSU as well as her life in public service.

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Tim Hall Oral History Interview - June 25, 2014

Tim Hall Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
June 25, 2014
Tim Hall (b. 1955), a native of Los Angeles, attended Oregon State University from 1973-1978, graduating with a degree in Technical Journalism. Hall came to OSU during a period of damaged relations between African American students and the OSU and Corvallis communities. Hall has helped to rebuild these relationships, in part through his contributions to the founding of the Black Cultural Center while a student at OSU, and later through his service to the President's Board of Advisors for Minority Affairs. His interview focuses on the challenges faced by black OSU students in the 1970s, his experience of the African American student community that emerged during that time, and the impact that OSU made upon him as he pursued a career in public relations.

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Paula Hammond Oral History Interview - December 4, 2013

Paula Hammond Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
December 4, 2013
Paula Hammond (b. 1956), a native of Klamath Falls, attended Oregon State University from 1974-1978, during which time she was one of eight undergraduate women in the university's Civil Engineering program. Following graduation, Hammond began a thirty-year career with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), first as a field engineer and later in administrative roles of increasing responsibility. In 2007 she was appointed Secretary of Transportation for Washington state, a position that she held for six years until her retirement from WSDOT in 2013. Her interview focuses on her undergraduate experience at OSU as one of a handful of women in engineering, her career at WSDOT and her thoughts on the future of transportation.

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Erin Haynes Oral History Interview - July 25, 2014

Erin Haynes Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
July 25, 2014
Erin Haynes (b. 1950) attended OSU from 1968-1972, during which time he both played on and helped to coach the school's freshman football team, and also served as Senior Class President. Following graduation, Haynes built a long career at Oregon State, working in the Department of Admissions for eight years, the OSU Foundation for twenty-two years, and the Alumni Association for two more. Haynes has also served as an advisor to the OSU chapter of Phi Delta Theta fraternity for more than four decades. His interview focuses on fraternity culture at Oregon State, campus life in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and Beaver lore throughout its history, including several stories of notable Oregon Staters from the past.

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Chris Johns Oral History Interview - December 15, 2014

Chris Johns Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
December 15, 2014
Chris Johns (b. 1951), a native of Central Point, Oregon, attended OSU from 1970-1974, studying Agriculture before changing his major to Technical Journalism. A photojournalist for the OSU student newspaper, Johns went on to become a lauded photographer for several newspapers and magazines, and was named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1979. In 1988 Johns began a formal association with National Geographic magazine, where he was hired as a staff photographer, and spent the next two years living and working in Africa. In the late 1990s, Johns joined the magazine's editorial staff and, in 2005, he was named Editor in Chief, the ninth such person to hold this position since the founding of National Geographic in 1888. His interview focuses on the roots of his love for photojournalism and the arc of his career as a photographer, writer and editor.

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Nancy Kerns Oral History Interview - November 21, 2014

Nancy Kerns Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
November 21, 2014
Nancy Kerns (b. 1956) graduated from OSU in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in American Studies. After completing law school in 1981, Kerns began a career in the legal profession that has included stints as deputy district attorney for Umatilla County and, since 2011, city attorney for the city of Pendleton. Kerns is the first and only woman in Pendleton's history to have held the office of city attorney. Her interview includes reflections on the American Studies program at OSU during the mid-1970s; memories of law school and studying for the bar exam; and a look back on an accomplished legal career spent primarily in rural eastern Oregon.

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Ann Kiessling Oral History Interview - June 13, 2014

Ann Kiessling Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
June 13, 2014
Ann Kiessling (b. 1942), a native Oregonian, attended Oregon State University as a doctoral candidate from 1967-1971, ultimately obtaining her Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Biophysics. In 1996, after stints at Oregon Health Sciences University and Harvard Medical School, Kiessling founded the Bedford (Mass.) Stem Cell Research Foundation, an independent biomedical research institute that conducts stem cell and related research for diseases presently considered incurable. Kiessling is considered an international leader in both reproductive biology and stem cell research. Her interview focuses on her ties to the state of Oregon, including her upbringing in Baker City and Klamath Falls, and her memories of life as a Ph.D. student at OSU.

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Brent Lawrence Oral History Interview - December 28, 2015

Brent Lawrence Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
December 28, 2015
Brent Lawrence (b. 1958) attended OSU from 1977-1980, during which time he served as the first chairperson of the Minority Affairs program at the Memorial Union. Not long after completing his bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Lawrence also came out to his family, revealing his identity as a gay man. After obtaining an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Lawrence embarked upon a successful career as a project manager and independent consultant, working in fields as varied as software development, team building, and psychometrics. For seven years, Lawrence lived and worked in New Zealand, during which time he and his partner obtained dual citizenship. In his interview, Lawrence traces his path through academia and the business world, commenting in particular on his experiences as a gay man, and on the crucial role that his multicultural perspective has played over the course of his life.

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Bob Malouf Oral History Interview - April 19, 2017

Bob Malouf Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
April 19, 2017
Bob Malouf (b. 1946) spent his entire career in the world of Sea Grant, working on two coasts and intersecting with Oregon State University on three different occasions. Malouf earned his master's degree from OSU in 1971, a time period during which he distinguished himself as Oregon Sea Grant's first trainee. In 1975 he completed his Oregon State Ph.D. and, from 1991 to 2008, he served as Director of Oregon Sea Grant. At various points, Malouf also worked as a scientist and administrator for Sea Grant programs in Delaware and New York. In his interview, Malouf recounts key points in his evolution as an academic and leader, and also provides detailed insight into the development of Oregon Sea Grant as well as the ways in which it compares with other Sea Grant programs on the Atlantic Coast.

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Duane McDougall Oral History Interview - July 15, 2015

Duane McDougall Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
July 15, 2015
Duane McDougall (b. 1952) is a native Oregonian and an OSU alum who graduated in 1974 with a degree in Business and Technology, focusing primarily on Accounting. After college, McDougall spent twenty-three years at Willamette Industries, a forest products company with headquarters in Oregon. During that time, McDougall rose steadily up the ranks within the company until ultimately receiving promotion to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in 1998. McDougall led Willamette Industries for the remainder of its existence, stepping down only after the company succumbed to an eighteen month-long hostile takeover bid launched by Weyerhaeuser and consolidated in 2002. Later on, McDougall joined the leadership team at Boise Cascade, serving as CEO for nine months and chairing the company's board for nearly six years. McDougall's interview traces his memories as a student and supporter of OSU as well as his years as a forest products executive during very turbulent times.

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Janet Nishihara Oral History Interview - September 2, 2015

Janet Nishihara Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
September 2, 2015
Janet Nishihara (b. 1956) first came into contact with OSU as an undergraduate, majoring in English Education and completing her degree in 1978. She returned to Oregon State in 1980 as a master's degree student in the College Student Services Administration program, a time period during which she also became involved with the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) at OSU. For more than three decades following, Nishihara has played a central role in a wide variety of student support and diversity development initiatives on campus. In 2009, after many years on staff, Nishihara was promoted to director of EOP, the mission of which is to provide support for the personal and academic development of traditionally underrepresented students at OSU. In her interview, Nishihara reflects on her upbringing as a third generation Japanese-American raised in rural eastern Oregon; discusses her multifaceted experiences as a student and faculty member at OSU; and shares her perspective on diversity advancement at the university from the mid-1970s to present day.

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Doug Oxsen Oral History Interviews - July - December 2015

Doug Oxsen Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Mike Dicianna.
July - December 2015
Doug Oxsen (b. 1952) played for Ralph Miller's OSU basketball squads in the early 1970s, graduating in 1975 with a degree in Business. After a period where he continued to play on a semi-professional basis, Oxsen settled into a private sector career in the health industry. In 2002, Oxsen returned to his alma mater when he accepted a position as Director of Development in Athletics with the OSU Foundation. In this capacity, he has played a lead role in raising funds to support the expansion and renovation of Reser Stadium, the construction of the Basketball Practice Facility, and the building of the Whyte Track and Field Complex, among other initiatives. Over two interviews, Oxsen shares his memories of playing basketball for Ralph Miller, defeating mighty UCLA, and helping to modernize OSU's athletics facilities as a fundraiser with the OSU Foundation.

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Don Pettit Oral History Interview - March 26, 2014

Don Pettit Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
March 26, 2014
Don Pettit (b. 1955), a native of Silverton, attended OSU from 1973-1978, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, Pettit began work at the National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. In 1996 he was selected to become a NASA astronaut and, in 2002, he participated in his first spaceflight, Expedition 6, during which he spent over five months on the International Space Station. While at NASA, Pettit has logged more than a year in space, during which time he has filmed and televised experiments from space for a series titled "Saturday Morning Science." His interview focuses on his upbringing in Oregon, his undergraduate experience at OSU, and highlights from his career as an astronaut.

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Hossein Rojhantalab Oral History Interview - June 2, 2014

Hossein Rojhantalab Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
June 2, 2014
Hossein Rojhantalab (b. 1944), a native of Iran, conducted doctoral studies at OSU in Physical Chemistry, completing his Ph.D in 1976. Rojhantalab then returned to Iran, working as a university professor and textbook publisher. In 1985, alarmed by the turmoil that had arisen in the wake of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Rojhantalab came back to the United States, ultimately settling into a successful career at Intel, Inc. His interview discusses his background, the time that he spent in Corvallis, the circumstances that led to his final departure from Iran, and his life at Intel.

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Larry Sidor Oral History Interview - November 6, 2015

Larry Sidor Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton.
November 6, 2015
Larry Sidor (b. 1950) is a 1972 graduate of Oregon State University in Food Science. He has since established himself as a leading brewer in the Pacific Northwest, having spent twenty-three years working in various capacities at the Olympia Brewing Company, followed by stints as brewmaster at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, and now at the Crux Fermentation Project, which he founded in 2013. Sidor's father was an OSU Extension Agent, and in his interview, Sidor reflects on the impact that was made upon him by his exposure to his father's work. He likewise recalls his memories of the undergraduate academic experience in Food Science at OSU in the early 1970s; traces his long and influential career in the brewing industry; and shares his thoughts on the future of craft brewing in the Northwest and nationwide.

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Pat Stone Oral History Interview - July 2, 2015

Pat Stone Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
July 2, 2015
Pat Stone (b. 1947) is an Oregon State alum who graduated with a degree in History in 1974. In the years that followed, Stone found success in the real estate title business, at one point rising to the rank of CEO at Fidelity National Information Services, and also founding two companies of his own - The Stone Group and Williston Financial Group. Stone has also been heavily involved with the activities of the OSU Foundation, spending more than a decade as a Foundation trustee or board member, and serving as a co-chair of the Campaign for OSU fundraising initiative that raised over $1.1 billion to support OSU's strategic goals. Stone's interview focuses on his early years and military service in Vietnam, his path through college and university studies, the progression of his career as a real estate executive, and the many contributions that he has made to OSU and the OSU Foundation.

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