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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

Location:  McDougall residence, Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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 attaining 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.