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Cliff Trow Oral History Interview. December 13, 2013

Cliff Trow Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

December 13, 2013

Location:  Trow residence, Corvallis, Oregon.

Cliff Trow (b. 1929), a native of Kansas, spent thirty-one years on the OSU History faculty, receiving the Organization of American Historians' Binkley-Stephenson Award in 1972. In addition to his academic career, Trow - who has been involved in Democratic Party politics since the late 1950s - was elected to the state Senate in 1974 and represented District 18 until his retirement from office in 2003. A champion of education in Oregon, Trow served on a number of committees, including periods chairing the Senate Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Education Committee. He was also elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate for 1981-1983. His interview focuses on his career at OSU and in politics, and his long and fruitful marriage to Jo Anne Trow, herself a former member of the OSU President's cabinet and a respected public figure.