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Julie Bentz Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

June 14, 2013


“Growing up in Oregon and attending OSU”  June 14, 2013  Location: CH2M Hill Alumni Center, Oregon State University.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Bentz describes her experiences in ROTC, the nuclear engineering program, and OSU in general. She begins by describing her motivations for coming to Corvallis, joining ROTC, the nuclear engineering program, and the military. She then goes on to express the difficulty of coming to a large college after high school and how ROTC helped her to adjust. From there she relates the ways in which, with the help of mentors, she chose radiation health as her academic focus. Her experience as a female ROTC member is also discussed. Other topics of discussion include her social experiences, living at Snell Hall and the Newman Center, and memorable events such as football games and visits to OSU by Linus Pauling and Bob Hope. She finishes the interview by recounting some of her experiences in the nuclear engineering program - including first indications of the Chernobyl disaster - and being a member of the Oregon National Guard, an OSU alumus, and an Oregonian.

This interview was conducted in connection with Bentz' June 2013 visit to Corvallis, during which time she delivered the Commencement Address at OSU's graduation exercises.