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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

Location:  McCallister residence, Salem, Oregon.

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.