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Brenda McComb Oral History Interview. February 24, 2015

Brenda McComb Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen and Kalia Flocker.

February 24, 2015

Location:  Kerr Administration Building, Oregon State University.

Brenda McComb was born William McComb in 1952. Over two stints at OSU, McComb worked as a member of the faculty in the Department of Forest Sciences and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, as Dean of the Graduate School, as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and as a member of the OSU Board of Trustees. In addition, McComb has been central to the development of a support network for transgender individuals both on campus and throughout the mid-Willamette Valley. Her interview focuses largely on the story of her own gender journey, including discussion of the personal and professional impacts of her gender transition from male to female. The session also touches upon her work in academia as a faculty member, an administrator and an advocate.