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Linus Pauling was born in Portland, OR in 1901. His father died when he was nine, and from then on, the family’s finances were supported through room and board and odd jobs. Pauling attended Washington High School for three years and then moved…

In this interview, Miriam “Mimi” Orzech discusses how she found her way to Corvallis. Born in New York City, Orzech’s family eventually settled in Lake Oswego during the Second World War. After completing a degree from UC Berkeley, marrying…

Mrs. French donated her bird collection to Oregon State College in 1956.

In the interview, Campbell describes her upbringing in rural southwest Oregon, her early interest in athletics, and her experiences as a student at Oregon State College in the early 1950s. Much of the interview focuses on the Physical Education…

The primary focus of this interview is the early history of physical education and physical culture at Oregon Agricultural College. In this, Thompson asks the Gilkey sisters to share their memories of physical education classwork and other…

Gilkey begins the interview by talking about his youth: where he grew up, and what his parents did for a living. Then, he begins to talk about attending Albany College (1929-1933), and how he managed to pay for college right at the beginning of the…

In the interview, Dick Clinton recounts the rich and adventurous story that is his life as a student, researcher, educator, and administrator. Clinton begins with the story of his boyhood, highlighting the early influences in his life which played a…

In this interview, Charles Goodrich explores his life as a gardener, writer, instructor, and family man. Goodrich begins by providing a glimpse of his upbringing and education before diving into his career as a gardener, first at Marylhurst Convent,…

Thomas Kirch begins the interview by reflecting on his childhood in Seattle, Washington, and how the city has developed since he was a young boy. Kirch moved on to recount his experiences studying at the University of Washington as a Civil…

In this interview, former OSU professor and Dean of the College of Education, Sam Stern, provides a brief historical overview of his family heritage, tracing his roots back to Poland and Russia. He then moves on to his childhood in both Detroit and…