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George Abed Oral History Interview - December 16, 2014

George Abed Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
December 16, 2014
George Abed (b. 1938), a native of Jordan, attended Oregon State from 1958-1962, graduating with a degree in General Social Science. During his undergraduate years, Abed was heavily involved with campus life and especially with student government, ultimately serving as the school's first foreign-born student body president. After completing a Ph.D. in Economics, Abed went on to a lengthy and multifaceted career in international development and public policy, including more than two decades spent working for the International Monetary Fund. The founder and former director of the Palestine Welfare Association, Abed is also a former head of the Palestine Monetary Authority, which he oversaw for two years at the invitation of Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine. Abed's interview focuses on his Oregon State years, his career in public policy, and his association with development efforts all across the Middle East.

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Kevin Ahern Oral History Interview - June 29, 2015

Kevin Ahern Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
June 29, 2015
Kevin Ahern (b. 1954) is an OSU Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics who is well-known for his innovative approach to undergraduate instruction. For many years a Senior Instructor, Ahern pioneered the use of unorthodox techniques - including limericks and songs, which he calls "Metabolic Melodies" - to help students understand and retain complex biochemical processes. Ahern was also on the forefront of the use of the internet to enable scientific education, and has been posting notes and lecture recordings online since 1995. The Director of Undergraduate Research at OSU, Ahern has also co-authored multiple textbooks. Included among these are a collection that he wrote with his wife, OSU Senior Instructor Indira Rajagopal, and made freely available online. His interview focuses on his personal scientific evolution, his passion for teaching and advising, and the innovations that he has applied to undergraduate instruction at Oregon State.

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Sami Al-AbdRabbuh Oral History Interview - September 13, 2016

Sami Al-AbdRabbuh Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
September 13, 2016
Sami Al-AbdRabbuh (b. 1987) is a Ph.D. student in OSU's Industrial Engineering program who completed his master's degree within the program in 2015. The CEO of a small start-up company, Al-AbdRabbuh has also been active in both student government and state politics, running as the Progressive Party candidate for state representative during the 2016 election cycle. Al-AbdRabbuh was born in the United States and raised in Saudi Arabia, and in his interview he provides perspective on the Muslim and Muslim American experience in both the U.S. and the Middle East. His academic and entrepreneurial pursuits as well as his community service projects are likewise included as secondary topics.

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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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Betty Lu Anderson Oral History Interview - June 1, 2017

Betty Lu Anderson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
June 1, 2017
Betty Lu Anderson (b. 1923) attended Oregon State College from 1942 to 1945, during which time she majored in Home Economics and worked for the school newspaper, The Barometer, where she wrote sports copy and, as a senior, served as editor. Anderson's years as an OSC undergraduate coincided with the American entry into World War II, and her attendance at the college was marked in part by a notable absence of male students. Much of her interview focuses on this unique period in Oregon State's history. Anderson's later careers in journalism, librarianship and the church are included as secondary topics.

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Roy Arnold Oral History Interview - September 6, 2013

Roy Arnold Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Adam LaMascus.
September 6, 2013
Roy Arnold (b. 1941), a native of Nebraska, completed both a master's degree and a doctorate at Oregon State University in Food Science. For twenty years a faculty member at the University of Nebraska, Arnold came back to OSU in 1987 and, over nineteen more years, served in numerous roles including Dean of the College of Agriculture and University Provost. During his tenure as an upper administrator, Arnold oversaw many of the reductions that were put in place as a result of the passage of the Ballot Measure 5 property tax limitation initiative. He also pushed forward a number of new initiatives at OSU - the University Honors College, the Ethnic Studies department, and a dual admissions/dual enrollment program with Oregon's community colleges were all formed during his years as provost. His interview covers the breadth of his career, focusing primarily upon his long associations with the University of Nebraska and Oregon State University.

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George Arscott Oral History Interviews - December 5, 2014

George Arscott Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen.
December 5, 2014
George Arscott (b. 1923) is an alumnus of and an emeritus faculty member at Oregon State. A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, Arscott completed his bachelor's degree in Poultry Husbandry in 1949, and was a member of the Poultry Science faculty from 1953 to his retirement in 1987. An accomplished researcher and expert in poultry nutrition, Arscott chaired Poultry Science for eighteen years, a time period during which a new poultry facility was built at OSU, and an era that also saw nearly all of the department's faculty participate in a five-year poultry extension and training program in the Yemen Arab Republic. In retirement, Arscott continued to serve internationally, consulting on poultry operations in Central and South America, Egypt, and Lithuania. Over two interviews, Arscott shares his memories of his military service, his research and progression through academia, and the activities of the Poultry Science department over his five decades of affiliation.

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Tana Atchley Oral History Interview - September 15, 2015

Tana Atchley Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
September 15, 2015
Tana Atchley (b. 1977) is a Modoc, Paiute and Karuk member of the Klamath Tribes, who grew up in Sprague River, Oregon on what had once been the Klamath Indian Reservation. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, Atchley pursued a master's degree in College Student Services Administration at OSU, completing the program in 2005. In the years since, she has worked as a counselor and advisor at Portland State University, and has been deeply involved with salmon camps and other forms of outreach to Oregon's tribal youth. Since 2013, Atchley has worked as the tribal workforce development and outreach coordinator at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. Her interview focuses on her upbringing and tribal traditions; her educational path and professional career; her engagement with young people; and her reflections on the challenges and opportunities facing Native American communities in Oregon.

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Ken Austin Oral History Interview - March 24, 2015

Ken Austin Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna and Chris Petersen.
March 24, 2015
Ken Austin (b. 1931) attended Oregon State College from 1949-1953, graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering. While at OSC, Austin became the first Benny Beaver mascot, wearing a costume of his own design and construction, and entertaining fans with antics that often incorporated a starter's pistol that he wore on his hip. Following the completion of his studies and a stint in the Air Force, Austin worked eight jobs in eight years before launching his own business, Austin Dental Equipment Company, or A-dec. Mechanically inclined and a habitual tinkerer, Austin's innovations revolutionized the practice of dentistry and fueled dizzying growth for A-dec. Later on, Ken and his wife Joan became heavily involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors, generously supporting several programs at OSU and providing the lead gift for a new home for the College of Business, Austin Hall. Austin's interview focuses on his life-long interest in machinery, his rich undergraduate experience at OSC, the creation and growth of A-dec, and his family's experiences in philanthropy.

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Terry Baker Oral History Interview - June 25, 2014

Terry Baker Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna and Chris Petersen.
June 25, 2014
Terry Baker (b. 1941) is among the most accomplished and celebrated athletes in Oregon State history. Winner of the 1962 Heisman Trophy as the nation's most outstanding college football player, Baker's Oregon State basketball team also reached the Final Four of the 1963 NCAA tournament. That same year, Baker was named "Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated magazine. Baker graduated from OSU in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following a brief stint in professional football, Baker earned a law degree and enjoyed a successful career practicing in the Portland area. Baker's interview focuses primarily on his Oregon State memories, including his remarkable successes in 1962-1963 and the tremendous attention that they garnered.

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Eric and Jeff Ball Oral History Interview - July 13, 2015

Eric and Jeff Ball Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
July 13, 2015
Eric and Jeff Ball are brothers who were raised on a ranch near Roseburg, Oregon. Both attended OSU in the early 1980s and graduated with degrees in Mechanical Engineering. From there, both Eric and Jeff returned to the Roseburg area to help their father build a company, Orenco Systems Industries, that today is a world leader in wastewater treatment systems. Initially operated out of the Ball family home, Orenco now conducts business on an international scale and stands as the eighth-largest employer in Douglas County. The Balls' interview focuses on their experiences - both individual and shared - as brothers attending OSU. They also chart the growth of Orenco through their years of association and comment on the contemporary challenges facing their region of Oregon.

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Katy Barber Oral History Interview - November 12, 2015

Katy Barber Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
November 12, 2015
Katy Barber (b. 1969) graduated from OSU in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in American Studies. After obtaining graduate degrees from Washington State University, Barber joined the History faculty at Portland State University, where she teaches and conducts research on public history and the history of the Pacific Northwest. Barber is also the director of the Center for Columbia River History and has authored a book on the social and cultural impact made by the flooding of Celilo Falls in 1957. The primary focus of her interview is her undergraduate experience at Oregon State and her memories of campus culture during the early 1990s.

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Baseball National Champions, Back-to-Back - October 2015 - July 2016

Baseball National Champions, Back-to-Back

Four interviews conducted by Greg Garcia, Chris Petersen, and Mike Dicianna.
October 2015 - July 2016
From 2005 to 2007, the Oregon State University baseball program enjoyed a sustained run of success that is without parallel in university history. Over the course of three seasons, the Beavers participated in the College World Series three times, winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. In the process, OSU also achieved multiple milestones that are unequalled in the history of college baseball: in 2006, the Beavers won six consecutive elimination games to claim the national championship, and in 2007 they won four tournament games by six runs or more. This unprecedented era of championship baseball is the primary subject of a collection of interviews conducted with four individuals: players Kevin Gunderson and Chris Kunda; broadcaster Mike Parker; and manager Pat Casey.

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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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Julie Bentz Oral History Interview - June 14, 2013

Julie Bentz Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
June 14, 2013
Julie Bentz (b. 1964) graduated from Oregon State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radiological Health. A United States Army Major General, Bentz, at the time of this interview, served as the Director, Strategic Capabilities Policy on the National Security Staff within the Executive Office of the President. While attending OSU, she was involved in the university's army ROTC program. The Bentz oral history interview covers her educational, social, and military experiences at OSU.

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Yvenson Bernard Oral History Interview - September 12, 2014

Yvenson Bernard Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
September 12, 2014
Yvenson Bernard (b. 1984) attended OSU from 2003-2007, majoring in Merchandising Management and starting for three years at running back for the football team. Known for his versatility and toughness as a football player, Bernard finished his career second on the school's list for career yards rushing and third in career touchdowns. The son of Haitian immigrants, Bernard also made news in 2010 by organizing a major relief effort in response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12th of that year. His interview focuses on his upbringing in Florida, his experiences as a student athlete at OSU, his outreach work in Haiti, and the importance that family has played throughout his life.

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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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Rollie and Laverne Bilyeu Oral History Interview - March 26, 2015

Rollie and Laverne Bilyeu Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
March 26, 2015
Rollie (b. 1933) and Laverne Bilyeu (b. 1932), both raised in rural northeast Oregon, met as sophomores at Oregon State College and married during the summer before their junior year. Majoring in Business Administration and Home Economics respectively, the Bilyeus lived, studied and worked as a married couple for two years before graduating with the class of 1955. In their interview, Rollie and Laverne reflect on OSC's campus culture during the early 1950s, discuss their shared experience as married students, and outline their varied occupational pursuits in the years that followed, including Laverne's association with several county branches of the OSU Extension Service.

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Jerimiah Bonifer Oral History Interview - November 22, 2014

Jerimiah Bonifer Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
November 22, 2014
Jerimiah Bonifer (b. 1983) is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, who grew up on the reservation and in nearby Pendleton, Oregon. From 2009-2014, while living in Pendleton and working full-time, Bonifer attended OSU through its Extended Campus online degree program, studying Fisheries and Wildlife. Bonifer completed his undergraduate work in 2014; his participation in commencement exercises that Spring at Reser Stadium marked his second ever visit to OSU's Corvallis campus. His interview focuses on his traditional tribal upbringing, his Ecampus experience, and his professional work in fisheries.

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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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Sue Borden Oral History Interview - July 28, 2015

Sue Borden Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
July 28, 2015
Sue Borden (b. 1939) is an Oregon State alum who completed her master's degree in Mathematics in 1962 and who also worked as an early computer programmer for what was then the Department of Oceanography. In 1988 Borden was hired to lead the SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) Program at OSU, an initiative seeking to promote interest in the STEM fields and enrollment in college among Oregon's minority and under-served youth. By the time of Borden's retirement from OSU in 1999, the program had been implemented in ten communities across the state and was acknowledged by the Clinton administration with a Presidential award. Borden's interview focuses on her own academic and career path as a woman in the sciences, her active involvement in local music organizations, and the history of the SMILE Program during her years as director.

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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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Knute Buehler Oral History Interviews - August 2014 - August 2015

Knute Buehler Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Janice Dilg.
August 2014 - August 2015
Knute Buehler (b. 1964), a native of Roseburg, Oregon, attended Oregon State University from 1982 to 1986, where he played on the baseball team and graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology. Following the completion of his studies at OSU, Buehler was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, the first in OSU history. He completed his Oxford M.A. in Politics and Economics and went on to earn to earn an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Buehler now practices as an orthopedic surgeon in Bend, Oregon, and is active in both statewide and national politics. Over two interviews, Buehler discusses on his life at OSU, his experiences at Oxford, his medical training and career, and his interest in politics.

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Darry Callahan Oral History Interview - August 6, 2015

Darry Callahan Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
August 6, 2015
Darry Callahan (b. 1942) graduated from OSU in 1964 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and moved directly into a career at Chevron that spanned some forty years. Over the course of that time, Callahan worked as a research engineer, financial analyst, manager and executive. At one time the president of Chevron Oil Bahamas, Callahan also served as the chief executive at Chevron Chemical Company as well as the succeeding company that he helped to merge, Chevron Phillips Chemical. Callahan has also been very actively involved with the OSU Foundation, the OSU College of Engineering, and the OSU Board of Trustees, of which he has been a member and vice chairman since its creation. His interview focuses on his undergraduate years in Corvallis, his long and varied career at Chevron, and his more recent activities with his alma mater.

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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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Carl and Kim Casale Oral History Interview - November 6, 2015

Carl and Kim Casale Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
November 6, 2015
Carl Casale (b. 1961) and his wife Kim (Martin) Casale both graduated from OSU in 1983 with degrees in Agricultural Economics. In the years that followed, Carl moved up the executive ranks at the Monsanto Corporation, ultimately rising to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Kim enjoyed career growth as well, eventually becoming an Area Director at Bristol-Myer Squibb. In 2011, Carl accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer and President of CHS, Inc., the nation's largest agricultural cooperative and a Fortune 100 company. Though based in Minnesota, the Casales also own and operate a 100-acre blueberry farm near Aurora, Oregon, which they manage, in part, through cutting-edge precision agriculture technologies. Their wide-ranging interview touches upon their OSU experiences; their career trajectories; Carl's life as a chief executive; their blueberry farm; and their continuing connections with OSU.

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Susan Castillo Oral History Interview - June 17, 2014

Susan Castillo Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
June 17, 2014
Susan Castillo (b. 1951) graduated from OSU in 1981, having returned to school at the urging of OSU's Affirmative Action Director, Pearl Spears Gray, for whom Castillo worked as a secretary. A Communications major, Castillo found employment as a news reporter with KVAL-TV Eugene, and her coverage of the Oregon legislature sparked her interest in running for office. In 1997 Castillo was elected to the state Senate, and in the process became the first Hispanic woman to occupy an office in the state's legislature. From 2003-2012, she also served as Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Oregon Department of Education, where she advocated for students of color and low-income families, among many other initiatives. Her interview focuses on her student experience at OSU and the arc of her career in journalism and politics.

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Ralph Cheek Oral History Interview - October 15, 2014

Ralph Cheek Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
October 15, 2014
Ralph Cheek (b. 1930) graduated from Oregon State College in 1952, completing a degree in Business while also participating in Naval ROTC. Following a period of military service, Cheek embarked upon a career with Kaiser Aluminum that would span more than thirty years. Beginning as a scrap foreman, Cheek eventually advanced to the position of Vice President of Manufacturing and Sales for Kaiser Aluminum Europe, while also serving as a member of the Kaiser Aluminum Europe board. In 1986 Cheek retired from Kaiser Aluminum and accepted a position as CEO of IMCO Recycling, which he built up to become the world's largest recycler of aluminum cans. In his interview he discusses his OSC years, his many positions with Kaiser Aluminum, and his influential leadership of IMCO Recycling.

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Memories of Clackamas County Extension - November - December 2016

Memories of Clackamas County Extension

Two life history interviews conducted by Mike Dicianna.
November - December 2016
The Oregon State University Extension Service traces its roots in Clackamas County to 1917, when the service assigned a home economist to the region for the first time. Today, the Clackamas County office oversees a robust schedule of programming focusing on trees and forests, 4-H youth, family and community health, home gardening, agriculture, and watershed health. In anticipation of Clackamas County Extension's one-hundredth anniversary, two interviews were conducted in 2016 with individuals who maintain close ties to the region and the office. Merilly Enquist, a 1959 OSC graduate and fourth-generation descendent of Oregon pioneers, manages timber stands on her family's 300-acre estate near Molalla, Oregon. Harold Black, a World War II veteran and 1947 OSC Farm Crops graduate, worked as a 4-H Extension agent and administrator for more than three decades in Columbia, Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

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Lynne Clendenin Oral History Interview - February 19, 2015

Lynne Clendenin Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
February 19, 2015
Lynne Clendenin (b. 1953) attended OSU as a non-traditional student, beginning in 1986 and graduating in 1990 with a degree in Theatre Arts. While an undergraduate, Clendenin became involved both with a variety of student media productions as well as radio work at Oregon Public Broadcasting, then based on the Oregon State campus. Following the completion of her studies, Clendenin remained with OPB, serving as both producer and on-air talent. Since 2011 she has worked as vice president of programming for radio and television, and has co-hosted OPB television's Oregon Art Beat. Her interview focuses on her experiences as a non-traditional student of color, her involvement in student media and university theater, and the advancement of her career in public broadcasting.

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Ralph Coleman, Jr. Oral History Interview - July 8, 2014

Ralph Coleman, Jr. Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
July 8, 2014
Ralph Coleman, Jr. (b. 1931) is a 1954 OSC graduate in Business Administration. A Corvallis native, Coleman played baseball for his father, Ralph Sr., during his Oregon State years. Ralph Coleman, himself a graduate of Oregon Agricultural College, led Beaver baseball for parts of five decades, beginning in the mid-1920s and lasting until his retirement in 1966. Coleman was also an early track coach and director of the school's intramural sports program. Ralph Coleman, Jr.'s interview focuses on memories of his father, growing up in Corvallis in the 1930s and 1940s, and the early years of Oregon State baseball.

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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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Roosevelt Credit Oral History Interview - April 25, 2014

Roosevelt Credit Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
April 25, 2014
Roosevelt Credit attended OSU from 1986-1990, graduating with a degree in Music Education. Following graduate studies at Northwestern University in conducting and opera performance, Credit began a career as a stage and music performer, appearing on Broadway in "Porgy and Bess" and "Show Boat," and touring the United States in support of both productions. His interview discusses his upbringing in Oakland, California, his time at OSU and his life as a Broadway performer. During the interview, Credit also performs an impromptu version of "Carry Me Back," the OSU alma mater. Likewise included is a recording of a performance that Credit delivered later that day with OSU choir students at the Memorial Union.

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Jim Denison Oral History Interview - September 24, 2014

Jim Denison Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
September 24, 2014
Jim Denison (b. 1927) spent more than sixty years working in Oregon's forests as a timber cruiser, land surveyor and forestry consultant, co-founding two companies along the way - Denison Surveying and Coastal Land Management. A World War II veteran, Denison attended Oregon State College from 1946-1950, majoring in Forest Engineering and funded by the G.I. Bill. The primary focus of his interview is his long and multifaceted career in forestry, with his OSC and military experiences included as secondary topics.

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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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Michael Driscoll Oral History Interview - October 9, 2013

Michael Driscoll Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen and Linda Richards.
October 9, 2013
Michael Driscoll (b. 1942) is a 1970 OSU graduate and an Atomic Veteran. Driscoll spent four years in the Navy, much of that time on an aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown. During his service on the Yorktown, Driscoll was exposed to two nuclear blasts - Operation Frigate Bird and Operation Swordfish - both detonated in May 1962 as part of the Dominic I series of atmospheric tests. Driscoll is one of an estimated 400,000 U.S. military personnel subjected to nuclear tests of this type. Much of his interview details the specifics of his experiences as an Atomic Veteran, beginning in May 1962 and running to present day.

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Jeff Edgerton Oral History Interview - November 18, 2015

Jeff Edgerton Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Tiah Edmunson-Morton.
November 18, 2015
Jeff Edgerton (b. 1963) is a 1987 OSU graduate in Microbiology. Over the three decades that have followed his graduation, Edgerton has held multiple positions in the brewing industry, beginning with laboratory work at Blitz-Weinhard, and moving on to a successful career at BridgePort, where today he holds the titles of Brewmaster and General Manager. In his interview, Edgerton shares his thoughts on the radical shifts in brewing culture that have taken place in the Portland area since the 1980s. He likewise comments on his own work as a scientist, brewer and administrator at two iconic companies that are central to Oregon's rich brewing history.

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Jim Edmunson Oral History Interview - November 10, 2014

Jim Edmunson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
November 10, 2014
Jim Edmunson (b. 1951) graduated from Oregon State University in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. As an OSU undergraduate, Edmunson was heavily involved with student journalism during a turbulent era in U.S. history. As news editor of the Daily Barometer, Edmunson coordinated coverage of anti-war protests and the murder of OSU student Nancy Wyckoff, among other topics. In 1983, following stints as a professional news reporter and editor, Edmunson began a new career as a lawyer and political figure, serving in the Oregon legislature from 1987-1995 and chairing the Democratic Party of Oregon from 1999-2007. His interview focuses primarily on his undergraduate experience with particular emphasis placed on his activities as a student journalist.

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Don Essig Oral History Interview - May 19, 2014

Don Essig Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
May 19, 2014
Don Essig (b. 1938) attended Oregon State College from 1956-1960, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education. Essig went on to a career as a public school teacher and administrator, primarily in the Eugene school system, that lasted for three decades. Since 1967, Essig has also served as the public address announcer for University of Oregon football and men's basketball games. His interview focuses on his undergraduate experience at OSC, his career in education, his experiences as the PA voice of the Ducks, and his unique perspective on the storied athletics rivalry between OSU and UO.

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Steve Fenk Oral History Interview - August 12, 2014

Steve Fenk Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
August 12, 2014
Steve Fenk (b. 1963) is an OSU Liberal Studies graduate from the class of 1987. Fenk was heavily involved with the OSU Athletic Department as an undergraduate, a time period during which he served as a color commentator working alongside radio "Voice of the Beavers" Darrell Aune during Beaver basketball games. As a student, Fenk also helped to organize a number of Oregon State wrestling meets. In 1990 Fenk accepted a position with his alma mater as Assistant Sports Information Director. Since 2011 he has served as Associate Director of Athletic Communications. His interview focuses on his Oregon State undergraduate experience as well as his memories of key people and events in the modern history of OSU athletics.

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Dorothy Fenner Oral History Interview - March 22, 2014

Dorothy Fenner Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
March 22, 2014
Dorothy Fenner (b. 1917) attended Oregon State College as an undergraduate from 1935-1939 and as a master's student from 1939-1941, obtaining degrees from the college's Home Economics program. During World War II, Fenner served her country as a code-breaker, intercepting and interpreting Japanese signals from a base in northern California. After the war, she and her husband John engaged the OSU and Corvallis communities in numerous capacities, including work with the OSU Alumni Association, OSU Foundation and Music Department. Fenner's interview focuses on her years as an OSC student, her war service and her connections to the university in the decades that followed.

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Justin Fleming Oral History Interview - December 15, 2015

Justin Fleming Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
December 15, 2015
Justin Fleming (b. 1980) is a 2007 graduate of OSU, majoring in Business and minoring in Environmental Economics. While a student, Fleming was central to a number of activities related to environmental sustainability on campus, including the creation of the Student Sustainability Initiative in 2006. Following graduation, Fleming worked for OSU as a Business Analyst before being hired as Manager of the Motor Pool in 2008. Since then, Fleming has overseen the absorption of the University of Oregon Motor Pool into a larger University Motor Pool that is managed at OSU. He was also responsible for the first purchase of electric cars for inclusion in the Motor Pool fleet. His interview touches upon his involvement in multiple sustainability initiatives as well as the history, activities, work culture, and future of the University Motor Pool.

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Aya Fujii Oral History Interview - September 15, 2015

Aya Fujii Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
September 15, 2015
Aya Fujii was born in 1927 in Hillsboro, Oregon and grew up with six siblings on her family's farm. In May 1942, she and her family were forcibly relocated from their home as part of the war-era policy of Japanese American internment on the west coast. Fujii ultimately spent nearly all of her high school years in Adrian, Oregon, where her family participated in a field labor program for interned citizens that was administered by the Eastern Oregon Farm Labor Bureau. In fall 1945, just after the conclusion of World War II, Fujii enrolled at Oregon State College, where she majored in Home Economics. She later spent more than thirty years working as a dietician at two Portland-area hospitals. In her interview, Fujii shares her memories of her family background and upbringing; her experience of being interned for over three years; her undergraduate tenure at OSC; and her life and work following college.

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An Oral History of the Francois Gilfillan family - November 1, 2013

An Oral History of the Francois Gilfillan family

An interview with Nan Jensen and Ellen Johnson conducted by Anne Bahde and Trevor Sandgathe.
November 1, 2013
An iconic figure in the history of Oregon State University, Francois Gilfillan (1893-1983) was a Pharmacy alum of Oregon Agricultural College, graduating in the class of 1918. After a period of time spent on the East Coast, Gilfillan returned to his alma mater serving as its Dean of Science and, from 1941-1942, Acting President. A professionally trained chemist, Gilfillan was instrumental in furthering science education both regionally and nationally. Gilfillan was also a true Renaissance man who spoke or read at least nine languages, including Chinook, collected rare books and antique silver, and cultivated an authentic Japanese garden. With his wife Violette, Gilfillan raised four children including Elizabeth (Ellen) and Nansie, who share their recollections of Gilfillan family life in this interview.

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Legends of OSU Gymnastics - October 2014

Legends of OSU Gymnastics

Three life history interviews with Mary (Ayotte) Law and Joy (Selig) Petersen, conducted by Janice Dilg.
October 2014
Gymnastics national champions Mary (Ayotte) Law and Joy (Selig) Petersen are two of Oregon State University's most accomplished athletes. An Education major who attended OSU from 1978-1982, Law won the 1982 national title in the floor exercise and finished third in the all-around, still the highest all-around placing in school history. A seven-time first team All-American, Petersen won two national championships in the beam competition and another in the floor exercise. She graduated from OSU with a degree in Psychology in 1991. Over the course of three interviews, Law and Petersen reflect on their experiences as student athletes at OSU, sharing their memories of going to school while training and competing at the highest levels of collegiate athletics.

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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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Karim Hamdy Oral History Interview - October 10, 2014

Karim Hamdy Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
October 10, 2014
Karim Hamdy (b. 1952), a native of Tunisia, has been associated with OSU since 1981, first as a doctoral candidate in Civil Engineering and Foreign Languages, and later as an instructor of both French and Arabic. A student activist who helped to form multiple groups representing and supporting North African students at OSU, Hamdy later co-founded the university's Tunisia Study Abroad program. He has also taught Arabic classes at Oregon State since their first formation in 2002. His interview focuses on his upbringing in Tunisia, his experiences studying and working at OSU, and the evolution of the university's Arabic language courses and the Tunisia Study Abroad program.

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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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Memories of Hatfield Marine Science Center - April 12, 2015

Memories of Hatfield Marine Science Center

A series of interview vignettes conducted by Mike Dicianna.
April 12, 2015
Established by Oregon State University in 1965 on Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, the Marine Science Center - re-named for Oregon Governor and Senator Mark Hatfield in 1983 - is both a leading marine research laboratory and a center for instruction of university students and the interested public alike. In April 2015, HMSC hosted a reunion of past students, faculty and staff, four of whom contributed their memories of the center on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. These interviews, conducted with Range Bayer, Warren Hanson, John Markham and Anja Robinson, touch on the evolution and impact of the Hatfield Center as observed over multiple decades.

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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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Ken Hedberg Oral History Interviews - September - October 2011

Ken Hedberg Oral History Interviews

Four life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen.
September - October 2011
Ken Hedberg (b. 1920) has a personal connection to OSU that spans parts of nine decades. Born in Portland and raised primarily in southern Oregon, Hedberg attended Oregon State College from 1939-1942, graduating with a degree in Chemistry. Following a stint working for Shell Development Company during World War II, Hedberg continued his education at the California Institute of Technology, completing his Ph.D. in 1948 and developing a friendship with Linus Pauling that would last until Pauling's death in 1994. Hedberg returned to his alma mater in 1956, accepting a position in the OSC Chemistry department and remaining on faculty until retiring in 1987. Recognized internationally as an expert on the determination of molecular structures through the use of electron diffraction, Hedberg has continued to work and publish in the years since his formal retirement, solving the structures of numerous compounds using an apparatus that he designed and built in the mid-1950s. Over four interviews Hedberg shares his memories of campus life in the years prior to World War II; discusses the environment at Caltech during its "golden age"; provides insight into the life, work and personality of Linus Pauling; and reflects on more than half a century of Chemistry at OSU.

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Darlene Hooley Oral History Interview - February 3, 2014

Darlene Hooley Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
February 3, 2014
Darlene Hooley (b. 1939) graduated from Oregon State University in 1961 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. After fourteen years as a high school teacher, Hooley entered the political arena, first as a member of the West Linn city council, followed by stints in the Oregon legislature and on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. In 1996 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon's fifth district. She served for six terms, retiring from political life in 2008. Her interview focuses on her upbringing, her college years, her transition into public service and her experiences in Washington, D.C.

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Tom House Oral History Interview - June 7, 2014

Tom House Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
June 7, 2014
Tom House, a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, graduated from Oregon State College in 1949, serving as student body president his senior year. In a short interview, House reflects on his student years in the late 1940s and shares his memories of the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 1980.

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Chet Houser Oral History Interview - July 16, 2015

Chet Houser Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
July 16, 2015
Chet Houser (b. 1948) is a 1970 OSU graduate in Agricultural Economics who was involved in ROTC for most of his undergraduate years. Upon completing his degree, Houser was commissioned into the United States Army where he spent twenty years working in various capacities, including as a war planner. Following his retirement from the military, Houser spent another two decades as a public employee for Oregon OSHA, the state Vocational Rehabilitation Department, and the state Parks Department. His interview concentrates on his undergraduate experience as an ROTC member during the escalation of the Vietnam War; his career in the military; and his later work as a civilian.

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Leon Hubbard Oral History Interview - December 18, 2013

Leon Hubbard Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
December 18, 2013
Leon Hubbard (1917-2014), the son of two Oregon Agricultural College graduates, earned a degree in Horticulture from Oregon State College in 1941. Hubbard was engaged with agriculture in Oregon for the whole of his life. A well-known and much respected crop specialist and cannery administrator, Hubbard spent nearly four decades working for Birds Eye General Foods, the Gresham Berry Growers Cooperative and its successor organization, Norpac Foods, Inc. His interview focuses on his upbringing in rural Oregon, his undergraduate experience at OSC, his seven years as an independent farmer, and his long career as a field representative for agricultural operations in the northern Willamette Valley.

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Bob and Kaety Jacobson Oral History Interview - January 20, 2015

Bob and Kaety Jacobson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
January 20, 2015
Bob Jacobson (b. 1939) attended Oregon State as an undergraduate and member of the Beaver basketball team, graduating with a degree in Business and Technology in 1963. Three years later, he became the country's first Marine Extension Agent, working with coastal fishermen and seafood processors, as well as state-wide policymakers, for nearly three decades. His daughter Kaety Jacobson (b. 1981) is a 2003 OSU graduate in Natural Resources. In 2005, she too began a career as a Marine Extension Agent, operating out of her hometown of Newport. In their interview, the Jacobsons reflect on their closely connected experiences as OSU students and Marine Extension Agents on Oregon's coast, commenting on the similarities and differences that each has observed over the decades.

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Katharine Jefferts Schori Oral History Interview - August 15, 2014

Katharine Jefferts Schori Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
August 15, 2014
Katharine Jefferts Schori (b. 1954) has lived a life inspired by both science and faith. Jefferts Schori received both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University, in the process becoming the first female to earn a doctorate from the university's Oceanography program. It was in Corvallis that Jefferts Schori also grew more actively involved in the Episcopal Church, first as a lay member and later as a member of the clergy. In 2000 Jefferts Schori entered into a more prominent leadership role within the church when she was elected Bishop of the Nevada diocese. And in 2006 she was elected to a nine-year term as Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, the first woman to occupy this role. Her interview focuses on her upbringing and education, her development as a scientist and a woman of faith, and her experiences as a leader within the Episcopal Church.

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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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Ruth Jones and Rita Kilstrom Oral History Interview - August 21, 2014

Ruth Jones and Rita Kilstrom Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
August 21, 2014
Corvallis natives Ruth (Martin) Jones and Rita (Young) Kilstrom, both born in 1938, have been friends since kindergarten and attended Oregon State College together, graduating in the class of 1959. Kilstrom is the daughter of D. Palmer Young, an early professor of speech and theater craft at Oregon State College. Though Education majors, both Jones and Kilstrom were heavily involved with the OSC drama program during their college years. Their interview focuses on growing up in Corvallis in the 1940s and 1950s, the OSC campus climate in the mid- to late 1950s, and the early years of theater arts at Oregon State.

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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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A Century of Extension in the Klamath Basin - July 2015 - March 2016

A Century of Extension in the Klamath Basin

Five life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen and Geoff Somnitz.
July 2015 - March 2016
The Klamath Basin has been home to OSU Extension and Experiment Station activities for more than one-hundred years. In July 2015, four interviews conducted at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center traced this history, with particular emphasis placed on the work of legendary Extension Agent Charlie Henderson (1892-1969), as well as that of Extension Veterinarian Guy Reynolds (1920-1995). Each of these sessions, as well as a fifth interview conducted in March 2016, touches upon the impact that Extension and Experiment Station work has made on the region and provides perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the Klamath Basin today. Of particular interest are the interviewees' thoughts on the water crisis that crippled the area in 2001, making national headlines in the process. Interviewees include Linda Weider, Sen. Doug Whitsett, Rodney Todd, Jean Pinniger, and Ron Hathaway.

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Andy Landforce Oral History Interviews - May 2013 - October 2015

Andy Landforce Oral History Interviews

Six life history interviews conducted by Mike Dicianna and Debora Landforce.
May 2013 - October 2015
Andy Landforce (b. 1917) graduated from Oregon State College in 1942, serving as student body president his senior year. A World War II veteran, Landforce enjoyed a long career at Oregon State University, first as a County Extension Agent and later as a Wildlife Management Specialist. He also worked for an additional fifteen years in retirement as a professional fishing guide. Among many other topics, the Landforce oral history interviews focus on campus life at Oregon State College during the 1930s, the 1942 Rose Bowl game, his military service during World War II, and his post-war career 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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Phyllis Lee Oral History Interview - January 28, 2015

Phyllis Lee Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
January 28, 2015
Phyllis Lee (b. 1936) was the first Director of OSU's Office of Multicultural Affairs, which was created in 1991 and charged with promoting diversity and improving the campus climate for students, faculty and staff of color. A graduate of OSU's doctoral program in Education and a former member of the university's Board of Visitors, Lee spearheaded a number of outreach and curricular activities meant to promote dialogue on issues of diversity, both in the classroom and in the community. Lee retired from OSU in 2003. One year later, President Ed Ray created the Phyllis S. Lee Award, which is presented annually and honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Lee's commitment and dedication to social justice and to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her interview focuses on her education, her long commitment to diversity issues, and her many activities as Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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An Oral History of the Linus Pauling Institute - August - December 2011

An Oral History of the Linus Pauling Institute

Six interviews with Steve Lawson, conducted by Chris Petersen.
August - December 2011
The Linus Pauling Institute was founded in 1973 by Linus Pauling and two colleagues, and was originally located near the campus of Stanford University. Primarily devoted to exploring Pauling's controversial ideas on the health benefits of large doses of vitamin C, the Institute gradually developed a broad and eclectic research agenda that included work on superconductivity, molecular evolution, and metabolic profiling. Consistently hamstrung by financial woes and further embattled by personnel disputes that resulted in legal actions, the Institute was on the brink of closure by the time of Pauling's death in 1994. Buoyed by a handful of timely donations and the administrative acumen of Pauling's eldest son, Linus Pauling Jr., the Institute managed to stay afloat and, in 1996, relocated to Oregon State University. Today the Linus Pauling Institute is a thriving research enterprise that makes regular contributions to the fights against cancer and cardiovascular disease, and to the promotion of healthy aging. Over the course of six interviews, Steve Lawson, an Administrative Officer at LPI who has worked for the Institute since 1977, relays his memories of the Institute's colorful history and shares his impressions of Linus Pauling, whom Lawson knew as a colleague and as a friend for nearly two decades.

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Bob Lundeen Oral History Interviews - July - August 2013

Bob Lundeen Oral History Interviews

Four life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen.
July - August 2013
Bob Lundeen (1921-2016) graduated from Oregon State College in 1942 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Lundeen served in the Army Air Corp during World War II as a weather officer stationed in China. After the war, he began working for Dow Chemical Co., eventually rising to the position of Chairman of the Board. Following his retirement from Dow in 1986, he served on the Board of Directors for Tektronix and later became CEO. In retirement Lundeen has made a deep impact at OSU as a donor, an honorary OSU trustee, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the OSU Foundation. Topics covered in the Lundeen interviews include his early life, his experiences during wartime, and his memories of Oregon State College. Other subjects discussed include his long career at Dow, family life, retirement and philanthropy.

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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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Melinda Manore Oral History Interview - November 30, 2015

Melinda Manore Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
November 30, 2015
Melinda Manore (b. 1951) received her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Oregon State University in 1984. In 2001, Manore returned to OSU, joining the faculty as chair of what was then the Department of Nutrition and Food Service Management. A pioneering scholar of the intersections between nutrition and exercise, Manore has published widely on topics including rural obesity in children, nutrition and exercise for women, and healthy eating for athletes. Her interview traces the arc of her academic career with a particular focus on her achievements in research. Included as a secondary topic are Manore's institutional memories of the transformation of the College of Home Economics into what is now the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.

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LaMont Matthews Oral History Interview - July 1, 2015

LaMont Matthews Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
July 1, 2015
LaMont Matthews (b. 1934) graduated from Oregon State College in 1956, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a senior at Oregon State, Matthews began working part-time at a local engineering firm called Cornell, Howell, Hayes, and Merryfield. The thirtieth employee hired by what was later known as CH2M Hill, Matthews spent nearly fifty years as an engineer, project manager and executive with the company, ultimately rising to the position of Vice President of Industrial and Energy Systems and serving on the CH2M Hill Board of Directors. His interview is largely devoted to reflections on Matthews' many years at the company, with memories of undergraduate engineering study at OSC included as a secondary topic.

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June McCallister Oral History Interview - July 3, 2014

June McCallister Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna and Chris Petersen.
July 3, 2014
June (Geil) McCallister (1919-2016) was the matriarch of a five-generation Oregon State family. A 1940 OSC graduate in Secretarial Science, McCallister married into a lineage that traced back to William A. Finley, the first president of Corvallis College, as well as Hugh M. Finley, co-founder and first president of the school's Alumni Association. She was also mother to three children, all of whom graduated from OSU, as well as nine grandchildren, many of them Beaver alumni. Her interview focuses on her memories of undergraduate life at Oregon State College in the 1930s as well as her family's extraordinary connection to the university, which dates back to the 1860s.

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Mike McCallister Oral History Interview - June 26, 2014

Mike McCallister Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna and Chris Petersen.
June 26, 2014
Mike McCallister (b. 1943), a 1967 OSU graduate in Geology, represents the fourth generation of his family to graduate from Oregon State. An officer in the United States Navy for nearly thirty years, McCallister served tours of duty in multiple locations throughout the Pacific, including Guam, Vietnam, Hawaii and the Philippines. A trained oceanographer, meteorologist and geophysicist, McCallister has also worked for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Snohomish County Emergency Management Agency, and in the private sector, where he researches renewable tidal energy. His interview focuses on his career in the military and his family's deep roots at Oregon State.

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Mina McDaniel Oral History Interview - December 1, 2015

Mina McDaniel Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
December 1, 2015
Mina McDaniel (b. 1944) earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from OSU in Food Science and Technology. A sensory scientist, McDaniel returned to her alma mater in 1983 to lead the OSU Sensory Science Laboratory, overseeing projects related to beer, wine, and Asian noodles, among many other topics. McDaniel also emerged as an important advocate for women on campus, and filled numerous roles in this capacity during her years as a faculty member. She concluded her OSU career as Director of Academic Programs and Academic Assessment before retiring in 2006. McDaniel's interview provides a detailed account of campus life and the Food Science student experience in the 1960s. McDaniel also discusses the arc of her own career; the activities of the Sensory Science Lab during her years of association; and her sense of the changing status of women at OSU over five decades.

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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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Jessina McGregor Oral History Interview - September 4, 2016

Jessina McGregor Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
September 4, 2016
Jessina McGregor (b. 1978) is an OSU alumna who graduated in 2001 with honors bachelors degrees in Microbiology and International Studies. Following her doctoral training in Epidemiology, McGregor returned to her alma mater in 2006, joining the faculty of OSU's College of Pharmacy. McGregor was hired as part of an initiative to boost the research program within the college's Portland branch, and she has been based at either the OHSU main campus or at the health sciences complex on the South Waterfront for the whole of her career as an OSU faculty member. Her interview details her undergraduate years at Oregon State; her research on antibiotic resistance and optimized patient care; and her perspective on the forward advancement of OSU Pharmacy's aims in Portland, including the impact that has been made by the construction of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building.

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Mike Newton Oral History Interview - March 15, 2016

Mike Newton Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
March 15, 2016
Mike Newton (b. 1932) is an Oregon State alum - having completed a master's degree in Forestry in 1959 and a Ph.D. in Botany in 1964 - and also an emeritus member of the OSU Forestry faculty. Over a forty-year career at Oregon State, Newton conducted influential research on weed control in forested settings, work that took him to Vietnam in the early 1970s to investigate the biological impact of Agent Orange. A highly productive scholar, Newton also led long-term studies focusing on competition between tree and plant species in areas of differing rainfall and soil type; tree growth in cold weather climates; and the cultivation of mature forests through managed thinning and harvesting. In his interview, Newton reflects primarily on the research that he has conducted in forested areas all around the world, and on contemporary controversies surrounding forest management. His upbringing in rural New England and his years as a student at Oregon State College are also included as secondary topics.

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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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Gloria O'Brien Oral History Interview - October 13, 2016

Gloria O'Brien Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
October 13, 2016
Gloria O'Brien (b. 1960) is a Biological Science Technician in OSU's Department of Greenhouse Operations who has worked at Oregon State since 2008, specializing in integrated pest management. O'Brien is also actively involved with sub-local 083 of the statewide Service Employees International Union, serving for many years as a union steward and also completing a four-year term as president of the sub-local from 2010-2014. In 2015, O'Brien also became an OSU alumna, after earning a degree in Horticulture that she began pursuing, on a part-time basis, some seventeen years before. Her interview provides insight into union activities on campus, the issues facing classified workers across Oregon, and the roles filled by the Department of Greenhouse Services at Oregon State University.

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An Oral History of the OSC Class of 1959 - February 14, 2014

An Oral History of the OSC Class of 1959

An interview with Jim and Jane Schaeffer, Harley Smith and Dave Socolofsky, conducted by Mike Dicianna.
February 14, 2014
The Class of 1959 alumni interviewed here relate their experiences in student government, running on the "Shamrock Party" ticket. The participants likewise relay their memories of campus life in the late 1950s, with special focus upon athletics, military training and, of course, student politics. Three of the interviewees held student offices in 1958 and 1959, and all four participated in ROTC. Jane Saling was the first female to take military training classes at Oregon State College and Harley Smith drafted the Student Senate petition to rename Oregon State College as Oregon State University. The participants are also responsible for donating and installing the Trysting Tree sculpture in the Memorial Union lounge that bears its name.

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The OSU Extension Service Centennial Oral History Collection - August 2007 - June 2009

The OSU Extension Service Centennial Oral History Collection

Sixteen life history interviews conducted by Elizabeth Uhlig.
August 2007 - June 2009
In anticipation of its centennial in 2011, the Oregon State University Extension Service interviewed several of its emeritus faculty in 2007, 2008, and 2009. These interviews help to tell the story of Extension in Oregon over a fifty-year period following World War II, and cover topics including agriculture, 4-H, home economics, energy, community development, Sea Grant, communications, administration, and support. The interviewees who are included in the collection that is presented here are: Roberta Anderson, Len Calvert, Dean Frischknecht, John Hansen, Bob Jacobson, Duane Johnson, Alberta Johnston, Harold Kerr, Glenn Klein, Linda Modrell, Owen Osborne, Jack Ross, Jane Schroeder, Walt and Sally Schroeder, Greg Tillson, and Tom Zinn.

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Bud Ossey Oral History Interviews - October - November 2014

Bud Ossey Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Mike Dicianna.
October - November 2014
Bud Ossey (b. 1919) is the son of Russian immigrants whose father enrolled in the Engineering program at Oregon Agricultural College shortly after arriving in the United States in 1923. Ossey grew up attending Oregon State sporting events at Bell Field and the Men's Gymnasium, and notably sat on the visiting bench as a spectator during the famous OSC vs. USC "Iron Men" game in 1933. A 1943 OSC graduate in Civil Engineering, Ossey led Combat Engineering units during World War II. Following the war, he spent thirty-six years working as an engineer, primarily with the Bonneville Power Administration, and specializing in the hydroelectric design of power houses across the Northwest. Ossey is also a charter member of the Beaver Club and has been actively involved with many other groups that have worked to advance the mission of Oregon State University. Over two interviews, Ossey reflects on his early memories of campus life, his close involvement with Beaver athletics, his service during wartime, and his career as a BPA engineer.

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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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Al Parr Oral History Interview - June 18, 2014

Al Parr Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
June 18, 2014
Al Parr (b. 1942) graduated from Oregon State in 1964 with bachelors degrees in Physics and Mathematics, as well as decorations from the university's Honors Program. Parr spent close to forty years working as a physicist, primarily for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he specialized in radiometrics and optics. Parr is also a rare book collector of consequence and a member of the OSU Libraries Advisory Council. His interview focuses on his memories of Oregon State, his career in science, and his passion for books.

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Erwin Pearson Oral History Interview - July 8, 2016

Erwin Pearson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
July 8, 2016
Erwin Pearson (b. 1932) graduated from Oregon State College in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in Animal Husbandry. Following a career in private veterinary practice that spanned nearly two decades, Pearson earned a master's degree from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and later joined its faculty, working primarily in the college's teaching hospital. A full-time member of the faculty for eighteen years, Pearson spent an average of 1,200 hours per year teaching practical veterinary medicine to OSU's Vet Med students, and also established himself as an expert on the impact of different toxins on animal livers. In addition, Pearson chaired the college's curriculum committee for many years and was central to the creation and implementation of a new organizational plan that was put into place once Vet Med had secured funding for a full four-year program at OSU. His interview touches upon his student experience and his years in private practice, but is more centrally focused on the sometimes tumultuous history of OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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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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Pat Reser Oral History Interview - April 24, 2015

Pat Reser Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
April 24, 2015
Pat Reser (b. 1938) and her family have made a major impact on OSU as donors, leaders and high profile advocates for a variety of university initiatives. Pat and her husband Al both graduated from Oregon State College in 1960, she in Elementary Education and he in Business Administration. A public school teacher and mother of five children, Pat organized Reser family life while her husband worked long hours building Reser's Fine Foods from a family business to an international corporation employing more than 3,000 people. The Reser family later played a significant role in advancing multiple goals important to OSU, including the renovation and expansion of the school's football stadium, which was renamed Reser Stadium in 1999 in honor of a major gift made by the family. The Resers later provided lead gifts for two signature projects of the Campaign for OSU - the Linus Pauling Science Center and Austin Hall. Pat Reser served as a co-chair of the school's capital campaign, and later was elected as the first chair of the OSU Board of Trustees. Reser's interview focuses on her life and partnership with her husband Al, her professional work in education and her volunteer work in Beaverton and Corvallis, and her insight into the Reser family's key involvement with development at OSU.

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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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Jon Shepard Oral History Interview - January 23, 2015

Jon Shepard Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
January 23, 2015
Jon Shepard (b. 1941) graduated from OSU in 1963, earning a degree in Biology. Beginning in junior high school and running through his years at Oregon State and beyond, Shepard's chief professional and personal interest has been lepidoptery, the study butterflies and moths. Based primarily in British Columbia from the early 1970s to 2014, Shepard pursued a career as a lepidopterist by teaching at community colleges, filling in for colleagues who were away on sabbatical, and engaging in contract work, all the while pursuing his own research and collecting projects. His interview traces his years at OSU and documents a few highlights of his many years of devotion to a more detailed understanding of butterflies, moths, and other insects.

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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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Loretta Smith Oral History Interview - January 21, 2015

Loretta Smith Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
January 21, 2015
Loretta Smith (b. 1966) graduated from OSU in 1987. A Broadcast Communications major, Smith was involved with KBVR television and radio during her student years, and also developed close ties to the university's Educational Opportunities Program. Following the completion of her degree, Smith spent twenty-one years working in the office of Oregon Congressman Ron Wyden, first as a receptionist and later as a community liasion and staff manager. In 2010 Smith successfully ran for election to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, a position to which she was re-elected in 2014. In her interview, Smith discusses her college experience at OSU, her political education as a member of Wyden's staff, and her own career as a public servant.

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Eighty Years of Starker Forests, Inc. - August 29, 2016

Eighty Years of Starker Forests, Inc.

An interview with Gary Blanchard, Bond Starker and Anna (Starker) May, conducted by Mike Dicianna.
August 29, 2016
Founded in 1936 by OAC alum and professor T.J. Starker, the Corvallis-based timber management and harvest company Starker Forests, Inc. has been managed by four generations of Starkers, each of them educated in Forestry at Oregon State University. The model of a successful family business, Starker Forests, Inc. now manages over 85,000 acres of forestland and employees twenty people full-time. In this interview, company CEO Bond Starker, his daughter Anna (Starker) May, and long-time employee Gary Blanchard share their memories of the company and of OSU, while also detailing the field innovations and business acumen utilized by T.J. Starker and his son Bruce in building the company into a regional powerhouse.

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Jean Starker Roth Oral History Interviews - September - November 2007

Jean Starker Roth Oral History Interviews

Four life history interviews conducted by Maia Fischler.
September - November 2007
Jean Starker Roth (1920-2015) was an influential alumna who supported a wide range of initiatives on the OSU campus and in the Corvallis community. The daughter of T.J. Starker - an OAC graduate and faculty member in Forestry, and a successful businessman and civic leader - Starker Roth completed her degree in Home Economics in 1942. She worked for seven years as a teacher and Extension staffer, and also supported the war effort at Camp Adair and elsewhere. In 1948 she married Kermit Roth, and over the decades that ensued the couple raised four children. After Kermit's death in 1979, Jean assumed control of the family's business activities while also giving back generously to the community and to her alma mater. Over the course of four interviews, Starker Roth recalls her upbringing and schooling in Corvallis, her management of the Roth family household, her involvement with a variety of business concerns, and her many philanthropic activities.

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Kevin Stoller Oral History Interview - September 28, 2015

Kevin Stoller Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
September 28, 2015
Kevin Stoller (b. 1976) earned two degrees from OSU, completing a double-major bachelor's degree in Mathematics and History in 1999, and a master's degree in the History of Science in 2002. Formerly the forum page editor for The Daily Barometer, Stoller was also a member of the first cohort of the University Honors College (UHC), which began enrolling students in 1995, Stoller's sophomore year. After a period of study at Harvard University, Stoller returned to Corvallis in 2009 where he is now Director of External Relations and Operations for the UHC. His interview focuses on OSU's campus culture during the mid- and late-1990s; the early years of the UHC; and the many ways in which the college and university have changed in recent decades.

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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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Dale Story Oral History Interview - January 9, 2014

Dale Story Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
January 9, 2014
Dale Story (b. 1942) overcame polio as a child and developed into an elite distance runner, breaking the national high school record for the one-mile run in 1959. Story attended Oregon State as an undergraduate from 1961-1965. During that time, he set numerous school records as a cross country and track athlete, often training and competing barefoot. Perhaps the pinnacle of Story's collegiate career came in 1961 when he won the NCAA cross country championship, leading OSC to the team title at that same event. The Story oral history interview focuses on his upbringing in California, his athletic achievements and extracurricular interests at Oregon State, and his lifelong passion for the outdoors.

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Bill Sundermeier Oral History Interview - December 12, 2014

Bill Sundermeier Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
December 12, 2014
Bill Sundermeier (b. 1963) is a 1985 graduate of OSU's Computer Science program. While at Oregon State, Sundermeier worked as a consultant for Tektronix, writing programs on a large Tektronix 4051 personal computer while in his dorm room at Weatherford Hall. Following graduation, Sundermeier spent eight years as a product marketing manager at Northwest Instrument Systems, and another twenty years with an infrared camera technology company, FLIR Systems. At FLIR, Sundermeier rose to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager for Portland Operations. In 2004, Sundermeier was inducted into the OSU College of Engineering's Academy of Distinguished Engineers. His interview concentrates primarily on his memories of living in Weatherford Hall in the years prior to its decade-long closure in 1994. Sundermeier's undergraduate experience in Computer Science and his professional activities in the technology sector are also included as secondary topics.

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Lisa Templeton Oral History Interview - August 6, 2015

Lisa Templeton Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
August 6, 2015
Lisa Templeton (b. 1967) has been instrumental to online learning at OSU since its first programmatic inception in 2002, and has served as director of the university's Extended Campus since 2008. Under Templeton's leadership, OSU Ecampus has emerged as a national leader in online education to the point where, in 2015, it was ranked fifth out of three-hundred online bachelor's degree programs, delivering nineteen undergraduate majors and twenty-two graduate programs to over 4,500 students. Templeton's interview focuses on the institutional history of distance education at OSU during the internet age, the inner-workings of OSU Ecampus today, and the environment navigated by faculty who are teaching and students who are learning online.

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Paul Turner Oral History Interview - June 24, 2015

Paul Turner Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
June 24, 2015
Paul Turner (b. 1961) is a former OSU student in English who has founded and operated two independent cinemas in downtown Corvallis - The Avalon and The Darkside. A student journalist while at Oregon State, Turner has spent the majority of his working life managing and operating movie theaters, beginning with his first job as an assistant at the Woodburn Drive-In (where he lived in an apartment located under the screen) and including a decade running the Kuhn Cinema in Lebanon, Oregon. In a decidedly colorful interview, Turner discusses his life-long affection for movies, his associations with OSU, the births and evolutions of The Avalon and The Darkside, and the many memorable moments that have arisen over the course of a career spent working in independent theaters.

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Paul Valenti Oral History Interview - February 24, 2014

Paul Valenti Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen and Dominic Cusimano.
February 24, 2014
Paul Valenti (1920-2014) was integrally connected to Oregon State University for more that seventy years, beginning with his arrival on the Oregon State College campus as a student athlete in 1938. A member of the Beaver basketball squad during his undergraduate years, Valenti later served as freshman baseball coach, freshman basketball coach, head basketball coach and head tennis coach, spanning a time period from 1946-1970. He continued on as Assistant Athletic Director until retiring in 1982, and remained an enthusiastic ambassador for OSU until his death in 2014. His interview covers his upbringing in California, his school and coaching experiences at OSU, and his recollections of many people that he met along the way.

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Jack Van Loan Oral History Interview - November 7, 2014

Jack Van Loan Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
November 7, 2014
Jack Van Loan (b. 1931) is a career military officer who graduated from Oregon State College in 1954 and was promptly commissioned into the United States Air Force. A fighter pilot, Van Loan flew both Super Sabre and F-4 Phantom aircraft during the early years of his career. Van Loan's life changed dramatically in May 1967, when his jet was shot down over North Vietnam. Van Loan was promptly captured and spent the next 2,116 days - nearly six years - as a prisoner of war. He was released in March 1973 as part of Operation Homecoming and, after a period of recovery, resumed his military career until retiring in 1984 with the rank of Colonel. His interview touches upon his undergraduate years at OSC, but primarily focuses on his experience of being imprisoned in the "Hanoi Hilton."

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Tony Van Vliet Oral History Interview - November 14, 2013

Tony Van Vliet Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
November 14, 2013
Tony Van Vliet (b. 1930) is both an alum and an emeritus member of the OSU faculty. Van Vliet studied Forestry at Oregon State College, graduating with a B.S. in 1952 and attaining a master's degree in Forest Products in 1958. He began his teaching career in 1955, a tenure that lasted until 1990 and included thirty-five years on faculty in the College of Forestry. From 1971-1978, Van Vliet was also involved with the university's Career Planning and Placement Center, serving as Director from 1978 until his retirement from OSU. Van Vliet likewise built a second career as a legislator in the Oregon House of Representatives. A moderate Republican, Van Vliet served in Salem from 1974-1995, during which time he focused on support for education and revision of the state's tax system. His interview focuses on his background and early years, his experiences as an OSC student, his memories of working in the legislature, and his successful advocacy of the Corvallis Riverfront project.

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Warren Washington Oral History Interview - May 29, 2015

Warren Washington Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
May 29, 2015
Warren Washington (b. 1936) earned two degrees from Oregon State College, completing a B.S. in Physics in 1958 and, two years later, a M.S. in General Science with a concentration on meteorology. Washington subsequently went on to a career at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) that has spanned more than five decades, a time period during which he has established himself as a leading thinker on climate modeling. An adviser to five different presidential administrations, Washington received the 2010 National Medal of Science for his achievements as a scientist and administrator. Washington and his colleagues at NCAR also made fundamental contributions to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its efforts to create an "ever-broader informed consensus about the connection between human activities and global warming." Washington's interview focuses on his experience as an African American youth growing up in Oregon; the progression of his research in the atmospheric sciences; his experiences operating in Washington, D.C.; and his thoughts on the issue of climate change.

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Jim Welty Oral History Interview - April 21, 2015

Jim Welty Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
April 21, 2015
Jim Welty (b. 1933) earned three degrees from Oregon State, completing bachelor's (1954) and master's (1959) studies in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a doctorate in Chemical Engineering, which he finished in 1962. His Ph.D. in hand, Welty was promptly hired to the Oregon State Mechanical Engineering faculty, where he remained until retiring in 1996. During this time, Welty served as department chair for fifteen years, from 1970 to 1985. A respected scholar of fluid dynamics and heat transfer, Welty, along with two OSU colleagues, co-authored a hugely successful textbook that was first published in 1969 and is still used in classrooms today. His interview provides an overview of a personal association with Oregon State's College of Engineering that has few parallels, one that spans parts of seven decades.

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Roger Werth Oral History Interview - June 16, 2014

Roger Werth Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.
June 16, 2014
Roger Werth (b. 1957) attended Oregon State University from 1975-1980, graduating with a degree in Liberal Studies with emphases on journalism and photography. In May 1980, early in his career as a photojournalist, Werth captured several iconic images of the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens. In 1981 the staff of Werth's newspaper, the Longview (Washington) Daily News, received the Pulitzer Prize for Local, General or Spot News Reporting, a major recognition of the paper's coverage of the Mt. St. Helens story. Special commendation was given by the Pulitzer committee to Werth for his photographs. Werth's interview focuses upon his undergraduate years at OSU, his memories of the Mt. St. Helens eruption, and his broader experiences in photojournalism.

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Charlie White Oral History Interview - May 18, 2011

Charlie White Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Dwaine Plaza and Natalia Fernández.
May 18, 2011
Charlie White (b. 1938) was the first African American recruited to play basketball on scholarship at OSU, and only the second African American student-athlete in the history of the program. White transferred to OSU after a three-year stint in the military and two years at a California junior college. A dynamic guard/forward on the court, White captained the Beavers during his senior year, leading to the 1965-66 team to the Pacific-8 Conference championship and a first-round win over the University of Houston in the NCAA tournament. A member of the Oregon State Sports Hall of Fame, White was inducted into the Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor in 2011. His interview focuses primarily on his memories of campus and community life as a trailblazing African American student-athlete in the mid-1960s.

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Bryan Wolfe Oral History Interview - October 31, 2014

Bryan Wolfe Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
October 31, 2014
Bryan Wolfe (b. 1944) is a farmer and rancher whose family has worked lands in eastern Oregon for five generations. A 1966 OSU graduate in Agricultural Economics, Wolfe has devoted his entire adult life to agricultural concerns, based primarily in the Hermiston area. The founder of the Wolfe Feedlot and the W. Bryan Wolfe Ranch, Wolfe has also served on the Umatilla Energy Cooperative Board of Directors, the Oregon Board of Forestry, and the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. His interview concentrates on the rich tradition of agriculture in the Wolfe family, his experiences as an OSU student, the expansion and diversification of the family's agricultural operations, and his own civic engagement both locally and regionally.

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Ron Wrolstad Oral History Interview - December 14, 2015

Ron Wrolstad Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
December 14, 2015
Ron Wrolstad (b. 1939) is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Technology who attended Oregon State College as an undergraduate and was an active member of its faculty from 1965 to his retirement in 2004. An accomplished and highly cited agricultural scientist, Wrolstad has made important contributions to the study of fruit juice adulteration, ultimately becoming a trusted authority on the subject and receiving funding from both public and private sources to act as a check on fruit juice producers worldwide. Wrolstad likewise contributed to the body of research on natural colorants, including a project investigating the use of radish extract to achieve the red color associated with maraschino cherries. In his interview, Wrolstad reflects on his undergraduate years at OSC; comments on the legacy of maraschino cherry work at Oregon State; details the themes of his research over time; and shares his institutional memories of a sixty-year association with the Food Science and Technologies Department.

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Russ Yamada Oral History Interview - August 17, 2015

Russ Yamada Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.
August 17, 2015
Russ Yamada (b. 1946), a second generation Japanese American whose mother was interned during World War II, attended OSU from 1964-1968, earning a degree in General Science with a focus on pre-dentistry. Following further schooling, Yamada returned to Corvallis and established the city's first endodontic practice, which he ran for twenty-seven years. He retired from the dental profession in 2014 having spent more than forty years in the field. His interview focuses on his family background, including his mother's experience of internment and his father's military service during World War II; his own memories of a relatively placid OSU campus amidst the tumult of the late 1960s; and his reflections on his years as a local dental practitioner.

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Mary Yates Oral History Interview - May 15, 2014

Mary Yates Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
May 15, 2014
Mary (Carlin) Yates (b. 1946), a Portland native, attended Oregon State University from 1964-1968, majoring in English. In 1980, following a brief teaching career and graduate work in Asian Studies, Yates entered the diplomatic corps, beginning with an assignment in South Korea as Public Affairs Officer. Over the course of a career in public service that ultimately spanned more than thirty years, Yates served as U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Burundi, as well as National Security Advisor on African issues to the Obama White House. She likewise occupied posts in the Philippines, France, Zaire and Sudan. Her interview focuses on her memories of Oregon State, her diplomatic training, the numerous positions that she occupied within the Foreign Service, and the details of daily life while living abroad.

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