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Clara Pratt Oral History Interview. August 4, 2015

Clara Pratt Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

August 4, 2015

Location:  Pratt residence, Bend, Oregon.

Clara Pratt (b. 1948) worked as a faculty member at OSU for more than thirty years, directing the university's Gerontology program from 1974 to 1993, and also serving as Oregon State's final dean of Home Economics. It was in this latter capacity that Pratt was closely involved with the dissolution of what was then known as the College of Home Economics and Education, and the creation of the predecessor to today's College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Pratt was likewise involved in the early conversations surrounding the creation of a branch campus in Bend, and to this day works part-time as an instructor at OSU-Cascades. Her interview touches upon her forty year association with OSU and her key involvement in major changes within Gerontology, Home Economics, Health and Human Sciences, and OSU-Cascades.