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Jo Anne Trow Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

December 13, 2013


“A Pioneer for Women at OSU”  December 13, 2013  Location: Trow residence, Corvallis, Oregon.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

In the interview, Trow discusses her hometown of Youngstown, Ohio and her early life before moving to Corvallis in 1965. She also notes her education, including her pursuit of a doctorate during a time when it was uncommon for women to aspire to such a high level of education. Her memories of the atmosphere in Corvallis and at OSU during the time of her arrival in the 1960s are also reviewed, as are her experiences working as Dean of Women and, later, as OSU's first female Vice President. Other noteworthy topics discussed include the Civil Rights and Women's Rights Movements, their effects on Oregon State University, gender discrimination on college campuses, the formation of the Campus Women's Network, and the value of professional organizations.