The Oregon State University Sesquicentennial Oral History Project

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A Century of Extension in the Klamath Basin - July 2015 - March 2016

A Century of Extension in the Klamath Basin

Five life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen and Geoff Somnitz.
July 2015 - March 2016
The Klamath Basin has been home to OSU Extension and Experiment Station activities for more than one-hundred years. In July 2015, four interviews conducted at the Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center traced this history, with particular emphasis placed on the work of legendary Extension Agent Charlie Henderson (1892-1969), as well as that of Extension Veterinarian Guy Reynolds (1920-1995). Each of these sessions, as well as a fifth interview conducted in March 2016, touches upon the impact that Extension and Experiment Station work has made on the region and provides perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the Klamath Basin today. Of particular interest are the interviewees' thoughts on the water crisis that crippled the area in 2001, making national headlines in the process. Interviewees include Linda Weider, Sen. Doug Whitsett, Rodney Todd, Jean Pinniger, and Ron Hathaway.

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Erwin Pearson Oral History Interview - July 8, 2016

Erwin Pearson Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.
July 8, 2016
Erwin Pearson (b. 1932) graduated from Oregon State College in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in Animal Husbandry. Following a career in private veterinary practice that spanned nearly two decades, Pearson earned a master's degree from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and later joined its faculty, working primarily in the college's teaching hospital. A full-time member of the faculty for eighteen years, Pearson spent an average of 1,200 hours per year teaching practical veterinary medicine to OSU's Vet Med students, and also established himself as an expert on the impact of different toxins on animal livers. In addition, Pearson chaired the college's curriculum committee for many years and was central to the creation and implementation of a new organizational plan that was put into place once Vet Med had secured funding for a full four-year program at OSU. His interview touches upon his student experience and his years in private practice, but is more centrally focused on the sometimes tumultuous history of OSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.

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