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Kelvin Koong Oral History Interview. October 9, 2014

Kelvin Koong Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

October 9, 2014

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Kelvin Koong (b. 1943) worked in numerous administrative and faculty positions at OSU from 1987 to 2011. During his tenure at Oregon State, Koong did much to advance the missions of the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the OSU Extension and Experiments Stations. Known for his ability to work well with state legislators, in 2001 Koong secured funds to expand the university's veterinary medicine curriculum into a complete four-year program. He also led the fundraising campaign that resulted in the Oldfield Animal Teaching Facility, opened in 2012. His interview focuses on his upbringing in Taiwan, his education and research in animal sciences, and his multifaceted administrative career at OSU.