A few famous Beavers

Linus PaulingThis is a never-comprehensive, always-growing list of some of the OSU graduates of the 20th century and beyond who have achieved a measure of fame, the most famous of whom, unquestionably, was Linus Pauling (left), a member of the Class of 1922 and the only person to ever win two unshared Nobel Prizes.

There are numerous fascinating stories to be found: The voice of "Goofy." The first Americans to climb Everest. Two recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Two Oregon governors. The father of the computer mouse. The inventor of the artificial heart valve. The world's tallest basketball player. The Pacific Northwest's only Heisman Trophy winner. The man behind the "Fosbury Flop." The lady who was "Betty Crocker." Some are included here because their stories are inspiring, others because what they did helped advance the cause of science or medicine or human relations, others because they were eyewitnesses to history, or historic themselves. A few are here because they were the first to do something or because, by their example, we are all better people.

Years listed after each entry represent year of graduation or years of attendance.

Original text by George P. Edmonston Jr., former editor of the Oregon Stater, and subsequent staff members of the OSU Alumni Association. To comment or suggest corrections, additions or other changes, email stater@oregonstate.edu.

Stacy Allison, 1980:
First American woman to scale Everest.

Ed Allworth, 1916:
On Nov. 5, 1918, at the Meuse River in France, Allworth (a captain with the 60th Infantry Division) earned the Medal of Honor. He became a furniture salesman in Portland after the war and eventually spearheaded fundraising for  construction of OSU's Memorial Union, where he served as building manager for 38 years. He was also secretary/director of the OSU Alumni Association in 1925. He died in 1966.

N. Christian Anderson, 1972:
Became editor of Orange Country Register in the Los Angeles area in 1980 at age 29. Won two Pulitzer Prizes and was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation during his nine-year tenure as editor. Editor of The Oregonian.

Cecil D. Andrus, 1952:
Although several schools in the West stake a claim to Cecil Andrus, he did attend Oregon State in 1952 and was awarded the OSU Distinguished Service Award in 1980, one of the university's highest honors. Mr. Andrus served as governor of Idaho in 1970 and was secretary of the interior under President Jimmy Carter beginning in 1977.

Ray Archibald, 1919:
Grew up in Albany. Captain of football team at Oregon State where he was known as "Peany." Became one of the country's leading bridge engineers. Built first Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Coos Bay Bridge, most of the bridges on the Alaska Highway and all the bridges on the Inter-American Highway, the Central American section of the Pan-American Highway.

Ken Austin, 1954:
He thinks of himself as a "tinkerer," and this tinkerer holds 38 patents in the dental equipment industry. Austin and his wife and lifelong partner with great business sense, the late Joan Austin, have A-dec, Inc., in their hometown of Newberg, Oregon, into the country's largest manufacturer of dental equipment. Austin was one of the first rally squad member to dress up as mascot Benny Beaver.

Terry Baker, 1963:
First football player west of Texas to win the Heisman Trophy, achieved in 1962. That same year, Baker was named to 11 All-America teams and won the Sportsman of the Year Award from Sports Illustrated magazine. A gifted all-around athlete, Baker also captained the 1962-63 Oregon State basketball team to the Final Four.

Frank Ballard, 1916:
Only Oregon State alumnus to ever become president of the university. Ballard served as OSU head from 1940 to 1941; a nervous condition cut his presidency to 14 months. Francois Gilfillan, a 1918 Oregon State graduate, took over for Ballard but as an acting president.

Rex Barber, 1940:
Credited by military historians as the pilot who downed the plane in which Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was traveling to Bougainville in the South Pacific to inspect troops, April 1943. He died in 2001.

Frank H. Bartholomew, 1922:
Was president of United Press International from 1955 to 1962, then UPI president and chairman of the board from 1962 to 1972. Retired in 1979, deceased in 1985.

Mercedes Bates, 1936:
Known affectionately by generations of Oregon Staters as "Betty Crocker," Bates was the head of the world-famous Betty Crocker Kitchens at General Mills starting in 1964. Two years later she became the company's first-ever female corporate officer. A fictional character created to bring visual continuity to the marketing of the company's numerous products, Betty Crocker was further developed by Bates, and it was under her direction that the persona of the character flourished, changing from advertising symbol to American cultural icon. Provided the major financial support to fund construction of the Mercedes A. Bates Family Study Center on the OSU campus, which opened in 1992 as the first center in the United States dedicated to studying families during their entire life span. She died in 1977.

Al Bauer, 1922:
Became a legend among shipbuilders during World War II as general manager in charge of the production of Liberty Ships at the Kaiser Ship Yards in Portland and Vancouver, Wash. Bauer's innovative production methods consistently led all shipbuilders in the country in the speed of construction of these important cargo vessels.

Lew Beck, 1947:
Returned from the war still recovering from a debilitating leg injury to captain the 1946-47 "Thrill Kids," one of Oregon State's legendary men's basketball teams. Named All-American for his dazzling fast-break play. Captained the 1948 U.S. Olympic Team to the gold medal. He died in 1970.

Julie A. Bentz, 1986:
Major general, first female officer in Oregon Army National Guard to achieve rank of general; member of Pres. Barack Obama's National Security Staff.

Dr. Robert Bomengen, 1966:
Followed Oregon Stater David Cutsforth as "Doctor of the Year" for the U. S. for 1995, a highly prestigious award given annually by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Until 1994, when Cutsforth was honored, no one from Oregon had ever been chosen for this recognition and Bomengen's award a year later signaled the first time any state had ever recorded back-to-back winners.

Jack R. Borsting, 1951:
Appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) of the Department of Defense by Pres. Jimmy Carter in 1980 and reappointed by Pres. Ronald Reagan. He served on many corporate boards including: the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Aerospace Corporation, and the Institute of Defense Analysis; and was lead governor of the American Stock Exchange. He received numerous honors including awards from: OSU, the University of Oregon and the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Southern California. He was dean of the Marshall School of Business Administration at the University of Southern California.

Lindley Bothwell, 1926:
Came to OSU from Southern California in 1924 and is credited with inventing the animated card stunt performed at football games. His ingenious yelling sequences were also popular and well known. Was invited by Notre Dame's Knute Rockne, a summer faculty member at OSU during the 1920s, to become a member of Notre Dame's 1925 Rose Bowl cheerleading squad and accepted. Moved back to the San Fernando Valley and became one of wealthiest citrus growers of his generation, establishing his home at the Rancho Rinconada near Canoga Park, Calif., about 25 miles west and north of Los Angeles. In the 1940s, he owned or managed 34 citrus ranches and operated his own soil chemistry and bacteria lab and was one of the state's best-known horse breeders and automobile collectors. Bothwell owned more than 50 collectible cars, including an 1898 Locomobile steamer, a 1910 racing Fiat that at one time held the world speed record (120 miles an hour in 1905), Henry Huntington's old limousine and Barney Oldfield's racing car. He also owned and used a small fleet of shells for rowing. He was married to another Oregon Stater, the former Marion Seale, class of 1928.

Donald L. Bower, 1948:
Was first president and CEO for Standard Oil of California, Chevron USA, in 1978. Served as vice chairman of the board of directors for the Standard Oil Company in 1979, then vice chairman of the Chevron Corporation in 1984 and vice chairman of the board, the Chevron Corporation, in 1985.

Richard L. "Rich" Brooks 1963, '64:
A Beaver who was a Duck, "Rich" Brooks coached football at the University of Oregon for 18 years before becoming head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 1995, the first year of the team's move from Los Angeles to the Midwest. His 1994 Oregon squad won the Pac-10 championship and appeared in the Rose Bowl game for the first time in 37 years. He was also named 1994 "Coach of the Year" among Division I football coaches.

George Bruns, 1936:
Graduated from OSU in 1936 and was music director for Walt Disney Productions for more than 25 years. Wrote the "Ballad of Davy Crockett," and directed the music for "Sleeping Beauty," "Robin Hood," and the Mickey Mouse Club television show. Wrote the music for the "Tony the Tiger" and "Pillsbury Doughboy" advertising campaigns. His main instrument was trombone.

Dr. Mary Anne Budke, 1976:
At age 17 (1971) won her first of eight Oregon Women's Amateur golf championships. Won the U. S. Women's Amateur Championship in 1972. In 1974, as an OSU junior, won the National Collegiate Championship. After winning her eighth Oregon amateur championship in nine years, Budke gave up the sport in 1979 to become a medical doctor, serving in the emergency room at the Granada Hills (Calif.) Hospital beginning in 1984. Took up competitive golf again in 1987, advancing to the semifinals in the Oregon Women's Golf Championship. Advanced to the finals in the California Women's Amateur Championship in 1988.

Knute Buehler, 1986:
OSU's first Rhodes Scholar, he became a medical doctor in Bend, Oregon.

Chuck Buxton, 1935:
Longtime publisher and editor of the Denver Post, he died in 1997.

Marion Carl, 1938:
From a small family homestead near Hubbard, Ore., tall and dashing Marion Carl became one of America's greatest World War II fighter aces, earning two Navy Crosses, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, four Legion of Merit medals and 14 Air Medals. As a test pilot for the Navy after the war, Carl set a world speed record of 651 mph in August 1947. In 1953, he set a world altitude record of 83,235 feet. First living Marine to be inducted into Naval Aviation Test Pilot's Hall of Fame. Killed by an intruder while defending his wife at their Roseburg home June 28, 1998.

Kathleen Aston Casey-Johnson, 1938:
She was editor of Glamour Magazine from 1954 until 1967.

The men behind CH2M:
In 1946, Oregon State alumni Holly Cornell, '38, Burke Hayes, '38, Jim Howland, '38, and Fred Merryfield, '23, formed a small engineering consulting firm in downtown Corvallis. Merryfield, who had landed a job on the Oregon State faculty after graduating in 1923, was a favorite professor of the others. They made excellent business partners and their company, CH2M, grew to become one of the leading firms of its kind in the country. Merging in 1971 with Clair A. Hill and Associates of Redding, Calif., the company became CH2M HILL. CH2M HILL is based in Denver, Colo.

Ralph L. Cheek, 1952:
Became vice president of Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation in 1979 and was chairman and president of Imco Recycling, Inc., of Dallas, Texas.

James Howard Coe, 1950:
Was CEO of Meier & Frank from 1974 to 1984 and earlier served as personnel and operations manager for Calvin Klein of New York. He died in 2010.

Vance DeBar "Pinto" Colvig, 1911:
One of the most gifted voice-over and sound-effects artists in motion picture history. Did all sound effects for Jack Benny's radio show in the 1930s. Voice of beloved cartoon character "Goofy" for more than two decades. Provided voices for "Sleepy" and "Grumpy" in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and many of the animal sounds and voices for the movie "Song of the South." Wrote the children's song, "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf." Was first Bozo the Clown for Capitol Records in the 1940s. He died in 1967.

Lester Conner, 1982:
Another on the list of greatest to ever play basketball for the Beavers, Conner was one of the major architects in a three-year string of victories (1980-82) unequaled in school history. Those teams were 26-4, 26-2, and 25-5, for a total of 77-11. Only DePaul's 79-6 was better in the nation during the same time period. At Gill, OSU under Conner was 35-1, with a record streak of 24 straight victories. The spectacular 1981 team was ranked No. 1 in the country for almost the entire season. In addition, these years saw OSU win three Pac-8 championships in a row, ending a UCLA Bruin run of 13 consecutive conference crowns dating back to 1966. Needless-to-say, Conner made numerous All-American squads during his tenure as a Beaver.

Ransom M. Cook, 1923:
Retired as president and chairman of the board of Wells Fargo Bank in 1972. Deceased in 1986.

Gary Edward Costley, 1966, 1968, 1970:
A former president of Kellogg North America, he retired as president and CEO of International Multifoods Corp., and continues to serve on many corporate boards.

Mel Counts, 1964:
One of Oregon State's all-time great basketball pivot men. All-American. Winner of the Olympic Gold Medal in 1964. Still holds numerous school and PAC-10 records, including conference marks for most free throws in a season, most rebounds and school records for scoring average, free throws, free throw attempts, rebounds and rebound average. Now in the real estate business in the Woodburn area.

Dr. David H. Cutsforth, 1969:
From his family practice in Philomath, Oregon, Dr. Cutsforth was named Doctor of the Year for the United States by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1994. Amazingly, Cutsforth's roommate while at OSU was Corvallis dentist William S. Ten Pas (1969), named president of the American Dental Association in 1995.

Hollis M. Dole, 1942:
A top executive in oil shale production with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), he was the Oregon State Geologist and U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Mineral Resources in 1960. He was instrumental in writing the rules and regulations for offshore drilling for oil and gas in the coastal areas of Oregon before other states had such regulations. He died in 1987.

Jennifer Dorn, 1973:
She has held four senior leadership posts in the U.S. government and served as the U.S. representative on the board of directors of the World Bank, Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor and Associate Deputy Secretary of Transportation. Her nonprofit leadership posts include senior vice president of the American National Red Cross and president of the National Health Museum.

M. Lowell Edwards, 1924:
Credited by the American Medical Association with developing the artificial heart valve, opening up an entire new era in heart surgery. At one time he designed and patented 95 percent of all pumps used in military aircraft. He died in 1991.

Webley Edwards, 1927:
One of America's legendary radio announcers, Webley Edwards was the creator and host of "Hawaii Calls," which from 1935 to 1952 was carried by more than 400 radio stations around North America. Edwards was also one of only a dozen or so Americans who eyewitnessed both the exact moment World War II began and the exact moment it ended. Was the first radio announcer on the air with word of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. He was also the only broadcast journalist Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz allowed aboard the USS Missouri to broadcast the surrender ceremony ending the war. Graduated from Corvallis High. Captained the Oregon State football team. Was best ukulele player in Corvallis and first student manager of KOAC radio. Served as a member of the Hawaii legislature.

Philip Emeagwali, 1977:
Winner of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize for computing machinery.

Doug Engelbart, 1948:
"An X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System" is what it's called on the patent, but we know it today as the computer mouse. It is one of many inventions Engelbart, '48, gave the world, along with two-dimensional editing, multiple-window screens, cross-file indexing, e-mail and shared-screen teleconferencing. He died in2013.

Dick Fosbury, 1972:
Invented the "Fosbury Flop," a technique for going over the bar backward that revolutionized the sport of high jumping and which he used to win the gold medal in the event in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

"The Foursome," 1920s-30s:
One of America's most popular vocal quartets during the 1920s and 1930s, whose lineup included Oregon Staters Ray Johnson, '23, and Delmar Porter. Lifelong friends of Bing Crosby, the group backed the legendary crooner on several early recordings. Appeared with Bing in the movie, "Pennies from Heaven." Performed on national tours with Glenn Miller Orchestra. For 66 weeks, starred with Ethel Merman in the Broadway musical, "Anything Goes." Johnson is the composer of the song, "The Night has a Thousand Eyes."

Jackson "Jack" Graham, 1936:
Engineer and major general, U.S. Army. Built all the airfields in Korea during the Korean War. Director of Civil Works for the Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, D.C. Built the subway system for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

A.C. Green, 1985:
One of the greatest names in OSU basketball history. OSU All-American. Pac-10 Player of the Year, 1984. A.C. Green also has enjoyed a spectacular career in the NBA earning two world championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers. Currently holds the consecutive games played record in the NBA. NBA all-star 1990. Successful Portland-area businessman and national motivational speaker. Holds three of OSU's top 10 single-season field goal percentage marks.

Harvey Wade "Swede" Halbrook, 1956:
An enigma throughout his life, "Swede" Halbrook was, in his first varsity season in 1954, the tallest basketball player up to that time ever to play college basketball. At 7 feet 3 inches, Life Magazine dubbed him "World's Tallest Basketball Player" (Jan. 18, 1954). Halbrook joined a "Slats" Gill program that had suffered through four straight losing seasons and turned it into an overnight national contender. Was an All-American with numerous other honors. Slept in an 8-foot bed. Would disappear from school and practice, sometimes for days, without telling anyone his whereabouts. Gave up his last year of eligibility because he refused to follow team rules. Former teammates and coaches are still reluctant to talk about Swede's personal life. Died on a Portland city bus on his way to a roofing job. For several hours after his death, no one knew who he was.

John Hall, 1923:
Oregon speaker of the house who became governor after Oregon Governor Earl Snell died in a plane crash. Became controversial right away by trying to abolish the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Carrie Beatrice Halsell (Ward), 1926:
It is believed that Carrie Beatrice Halsell (Ward) is the first African-American student in OSU history to be awarded an undergraduate degree from Oregon State, a B.S. in commerce in 1926. After competing her studies at Oregon Agricultural College, she went on to an honorable career in teaching business education, particularly at Virginia State University and South Carolina State University. While at VSU, she helped establish the Alpha Eta chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

Paula Hammond, 1979:
First female to be secretary of transportation in the state of Washington.

Craig Hanneman, 1971:
A former NFL lineman, he is the first former player of a major American professional sport to summit Everest.

Joseph Hansen, 2001:
2004 Olympic gold medalist in rowing.

Lee C. Harman, 1959:
One of Hollywood's most renowned make-up artists. Has worked for virtually everyone in the film industry, including Faye Dunaway, Barbara Streisand, Sally Fields, Chevy Chase and Jane Fonda. His film credits include "Paint Your Wagon," "Planet of the Apes," "Mommie Dearest," "Murphy's Romance" and "Nuts." His father was the head groundskeeper at 20th Century Fox for many years. Grew up in California but came to OSU to play basketball. MVP at Far West Classic, 1959. All-America and All-Pacific Coast. Inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

G. Milton Harris, 1926:
A great inventor, Harris held 35 patents during his life. His most famous invention was a coating to keep razor blades from rusting, a process that revolutionized the industry and landed him a vice presidency and research director's job at Gillette from 1956 to 1966. As director of his own lab, Harris Research Laboratories, his studies of polymer molecules led to the development of synthetic polymers, such as nylon, polyester and plastics.

Armando Herbelin, 1993:
As an OSU senior, Herbelin spent his summer vacation studying nuclear chemistry at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, one of only 24 students from around the nation chosen to study in the prestigious program. At its conclusion, he was chosen the outstanding student of the group.

John Noble Holcomb, 1967:
Leaving OSU after only one year, this eastern Oregon rancher's son went on to the Vietnam War and won the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and the Congressional Medal of Honor. A dining facility at Ft. Hood, Texas is named in his honor.

Stanley Hong, 1959
Former president, Hawaii Visitors Bureau in Honolulu. Currently president and CEO of Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

Jen-Hsun Huang, 1984
Co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA.

Joni Huntley 1975:
One of America's greatest women high jumpers, she employed the "Fosbury Flop" to make the 1976, 1980 and 1984 U. S. Olympic teams. Set the American outdoor high jump record at the New Zealand Games in 1975 at 6-2 1/2. Several months later she set the American indoor record at the same height while competing at a USA-USSR meet and was later the recipient of the Hayward Trophy as Oregon's Outstanding Amateur Athlete. Won the Olympic bronze medal in 1984. Was ranked No. 1 in high jumping five times during her career.

Harley Jessup, 1976:
While working as visual effects art director for Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic, Jessup won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects for the 1987 thriller "Innerspace." He also did the visual effects for "Ghostbusters II" and "Hunt for Red October" and won a 1987 Emmy award for his work on "Ewok Adventure." Jessup was born in Corvallis but grew up in California.

Chris Johns, 1974:
Chris Johns, a 1974 graduate through the College of Liberal Arts, was named editor of National Geographic Magazine on Nov. 1, 2004. He had served as one of two associate editors for the prestigious publication since 2003. After leaving OSU, Johns received a graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Minnesota. His early career included serving as a photojournalist on the staffs of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and the Albany Democrat-Herald. The Topeka Capitol Journal was home for five years, followed by a stint with the Seattle-Times. Leaving Seattle to try his hand at freelancing, he landed several photo assignments with National Geographic, became a contract photographer in 1989, and then staff photographer in 1995. His publishing credits include co-authoring three highly acclaimed books: Valley of Life: Africa’s Great Rift; Hawaii’s Hidden Treasure;  and Wild at Heart: Man and Beast in Southern Africa.

Debra Walt Johnson, 1995:
OSU Rhodes Scholar and 1995 graduate of the OSU College of Engineering.

Steve Johnson, 1981:
Another of the legendary basketball players from Oregon State, Johnson was one of coach Ralph Miller's best players (if not the best) during the team's legendary season of 1981. Made All-American all three varsity years and was a consensus selection in 1981. Named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1981. Led the Pac-10 for field goal percentage during his entire collegiate career. Number retired during 1995-96 season. Led the Pac-10 in scoring in 1980. His .746 field goal percentage recorded during the 1981 season is an NCAA record.

William Kittredge, 1954:
Author of 21 books, numerous essays, short stories and screen plays, Bill Kittredge has been called by literary critics "the modern western short story writer par excellence." Wrote Hole in the Sky and edited The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology. Co-produced the movie "A River Runs Through It" with film star Robert Redford. Is recipient of many regional and national literary awards and has edited 23 anthologies of western literature. He served for many years as head of the creative writing department at the University of Montana. His degree from OSU, earned in 1954, is in general agriculture.

Bruce Klunder, 1958:
Killed when a bulldozer backed over him during a protest against the construction of a school in Cleveland, Ohio, that would have perpetuated segregation in the city's school system. Klunder is one of 40 individuals listed as a civil rights martyr on the national Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala. Only two in the entire group are from west of the Mississippi. The memorial is one block away from the church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pastored during the weeks of the Montgomery bus boycotts.

Bill Krippaehne, 1973, '76:
Was president and CEO of Fisher Communications Inc., Seattle, Wash., one of the leading television and radio communications companies in the Pacific Northwest, until 2005.

Philip Lane Sr., 1941:
Spiritual Leader for the National American Indian Science and Engineering Society, 1987. Organizer and sponsor of the Confederated Indian Tribes at the Washington State Penitentiary, a service organization dedicated to giving Native American inmates renewed pride and hope for a productive life. Oregon Governor's Distinguished Volunteer Award, 1984.

Timothy Leatherman, 1970:
Inventor of the Leatherman multi-tool.

Ed Lewis, 1933:
OSU's first consensus All-American. Picked by the Oregon Journal newspaper in 1950 as the best basketball player in the state during the first half century.

Richard Mandich, 1951:
Organized the D-Day commemorative parachute jump over Sainte-Mère-Église, France, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944. The jumpers that day ranged in age from 68 to 83.

James Douglas McKay, 1917:
Governor of Oregon, 1949-52. Was secretary of the Department of the Interior under Eisenhower.

Bobb McKittrick, 1958:
Bobb McKittrick's career came into its own during the 1970s and beyond. Maybe the best known assistant coach in the history of the National Football League, McKittrick was the offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1980s-90s, earning five Super Bowl rings during his long and extraordinary career. He began his coaching tenure at OSU under legendary Beaver boss Tommy Prothro. His death to cancer on March 16, 2000 made national news.

Brian McMenamin, 1980, and Mike McMenamin, 1974:
Founders of the McMenamins hospitality chain.

Carol Menken-Schaudt, 1984:
One of the greatest names in women's basketball at OSU. Winner of Olympic gold medal in 1984.

Larry McKay, 1969:
A 1991 OSU Alumni Association "Alumni Fellow," McKay is professor of food microbiology and holder of the Kraft General Foods Chair in Food Science at the University of Minnesota. He is the world's leading authority on the genetics of lactic acid bacteria.

Ivan Merchant, 1927:
Chief Bridge Engineer for the Oregon State Department of Highways, Merchant supervised construction of many of Oregon's landmark bridges, including Yaquina Bay Bridge, Astoria Bridge, the I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver, and the Fremont Bridge in Portland, his last project.

Norman Monroe, 1962:
Track star and first African-American to play basketball at OSU. Has earned national recognition for his work with juvenile gangs and community policing. Served as member of the White House Council on the Family. Served on National Gang Policy Board.

Soojae Moon 1960:
A leading home economist in Korea for most of her long career, Dr. Moon was a professor of home economics at Yonsei University in Seoul during the 1990s and a recipient of an OSU Alumni Association "Alumni Fellow" award in 1994

Bernie Newcomb, 1965:
Co-founder of E*Trade, one of the nation's first internet stock trading companies, which revolutionized the way in which millions buy and sell securities. Legally blind from birth. Grew up in Scio.

David Noor:
When he entered OSU as a freshman in 1990 at age 11, he was the youngest student of college standing ever to attend OSU. His enrollment made national news.

Steve J Oliva 1963:
Owner of the Hi-School pharmacies chain in 50 locations in Washington and Oregon and a 1992 OSU Alumni Association "Alumni Fellow."

Hüsnü Özyeğin, 1967:
Engineer, Turkish philanthropist, ASOSU president as a student.

Bill J. Parrott, 1960:
From Bolton, Mississippi, Parrott was founder and president of Parrott & People of New York City, a film and video production company. Earlier in his career, as creative supervisor for one of the nation's leading advertising firms, Benton & Bowles, Parrott directed the team that created and produced national advertising campaigns for Proctor and Gamble, especially for Crest toothpaste and Scope mouthwash. While leading his own company, his accounts included such companies as AT&T, Bristol Myers, General Motors, Gulf Oil, Sears, and Shell Oil.

Linus Pauling, 1922:
The only person ever to win two unshared Nobel Prizes. One of the significant scientists of the 20th century. OSU's most famous graduate.

Gary Payton, 1990:
Possibly OSU's greatest basketball player of all time. All American Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, 1990. PAC-10 Player of the Year, 1990. Winner of Olympic gold in 1996 as a member of Dream Team III. NBA All-Star with Seattle Supersonics. Holds school records for career points, field goals, points in a game. Far West Classic MVP three times. Pac-10 Player of the Week nine times.

Craig Peterson, 1974:
Manager of Intel's Warp Component Engineering Department in Hillsboro, Oregon. Developed a method for tracking the progress of computer long-term projects as well as a tool to help automate the layout of computer chips. Designed a clock chip that became a standard in his industry, particularly found in IBM-PC computers.

Ralph Peterson, 1969:
President and chief executive officer of CH2M HILL Companies Ltd. beginning in 1991. Played a significant role as a member of the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors in the early planning of the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. His engineering expertise lies particularly in the field of wastewater management.

Donald Pettit, 1978:
Chemical engineer, astronaut on two long-duration International Space Station missions, one Space Shuttle mission and a six-week expedition to Antarctica to find meteorites.

Robert Rau, 1942:
Co-host of "The Collectors," a family heirloom show, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and aired on more than 300 television stations.

Robin Reed, 1924:
Still considered one of OSU's greatest athletes in any sport, the small (135 pounds) but wiry Robin Reed won the wrestling gold medal at the Paris Olympics in 1924. In the Olympic trials, Reed pinned every opponent in regional, sectional and national competition, then went on to pin every opponent at the Games. On the boat trip to France, Reed defeated every American wrestler at every weight classification, save Guy Lockabaugh, a 167 pounder. Returning to Oregon State as coach in 1926, Reed's grapplers won the national AAU championship.

Pat Reser, 1960:
Chairwoman of the Board of Reser's Fine Foods. With her late husband Al Reser, among OSU's most generous benefactors.

Scott Rickard, 1960:
Was named the executive director for the Association of College Unions-International in Bloomington, Ind., in 1992.

Ronald Joseph Rinella, 1977
Nationally recognized commercial film and video producer with credits that include two International Association Golden Reel awards, four New York Monitor awards, and the prestigious CINDY Award.

Joe Runyan, 1970:
Won the Iditarod in 1989, thus giving him claim to the first "unofficial" triple crown of dog sled racing. He previously had won the Yukon Quest race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse (Yukon Territories) and the Alphirod race in nine-stages through the European Alps.

Sanga Sabhasri, 1957:
One of Asia's most prominent scientists and for years the highest ranking government official in OSU's large international alumni family. Served for many years as permanent secretary to the minister of science, technology and energy in his native Thailand. Was most recently chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Thailand. Died in February 1999.

Wesley Sand, 1990:
Rhodes Scholar, OSU's second.

Jean Saubert, 1964:
Won silver and bronze medals in skiing at the 1964 Olympics.

Katharine Jefferts Schori, 1983:
Oceanographer, first femal to be presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States.

Lew Scott, 1968:
Recruited by Bobb McKittrick from King of Prussia High School near Philadelphia, Pa., to play football for OSU. Was a standout defensive back for Tommy Prothro during the mid-60s and a starter for the 1965 Rose Bowl team. Played defensive back for the Denver Broncos before a knee injury forced his retirement from professional football. In 1974, Scott became executive assistant to the chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D. C. Awarded an Alfred E. Sloan Fellowship to Stanford University in 1975, where he went on to earn an MBA. Returned to the EEOC for two years before serving for two years as a member of the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Became a branch service manager for Xerox Corp. in the Washington, D. C. area in 1979. Promoted shortly after to the position of market manager, major accounts, Western operations, in charge of Xerox accounts from Chicago to all points west.

Joy Selig, 1990:
OSU women's gymnastics super star, Selig was three-time All-American during her Oregon State career. First person in NCAA history to win back-to-back national championships in floor exercises and balance beam.

Fred Shideler, 1941:
From 1929 to 1971, Shideler was news expert, public relations advisor and speech writer for eight OSU presidents. Served as press director for two Oregon governors, Paul Patterson and Elmo Smith. Earned a master's degree from Oregon State in 1941. Postponed his retirement twice at the request of OSU presidents. Helped establish the OSU News Bureau and helped build journalism education at OSU to a competitive level. Was faculty adviser to Beaver yearbook and Barometer newspaper staffs for a quarter century.

Katherine E 'Kay' Smith, 1961:
Vice president for Consumer Affairs Division for The Quaker Oats Company, Chicago, a position appointed to her in 1982. Recipient of an OSU Alumni Association "Alumni Fellow" award in 1989.

Forrest Smithson, 1908:
Olympic gold in the high hurdles, 1908.

Bert Sperling, 1972:
Demographer and creator of Sperling's BestPlaces, creator of "best" lists.

Barte Starker, 1972, and Bond Starker, 1969:
Executives of Starker Forests, one of Oregon's largest and most innovative privately held timber companies, founded by their late father, OSU alumnus T. J. Starker.

Faye Stewart, 1938:
One of the nation's best-known logging engineers. Until 1991, owner with other family members of Bohemia Lumber Company, one of the largest and most historic in the Pacific Northwest. Pioneered such products as glue-laminated beams and maximum-density fiberboard. Pioneered the use of balloons in the logging of timber on steep mountainsides.

L.L. "Stub" Stewart: Along with brother, Faye Stewart, and other family members, helped establish Bohemia Lumber Company as a national industry leader. Helped pioneer numerous innovative approaches to logging.

Dale Story, 1961:
Running barefoot was Story's custom in leading all runners in the 1961 NCAA national cross country championships where OSU won its first NCAA team title in school history.

Mike Thurman, 1994:
As pitcher with the Montreal Expos, Thurman delivered Mark McGwire's 69th home run pitch during the 1998 season. Thurman played for the Beavers in the early 1990s.

Bill Tebeau, 1948:
First African-American male to graduate from OSU, with a long career as a highway engineer.

Willi Unsoeld, 1951:
Conquered most of North America's highest peaks before tackling Mt. Everest in 1964. Was a member of the first American team in history to scale world's highest peak. Made first traverse of Everest in history. Set world emergency bivouac record at 28,000 feet. Married wife Jolene, '53, on the top of Mt. Hood during an OSC Mountain Club outing. Jolene Unsoeld represented the state of Washington in Congress in the 1980s.

Warren Washington, 1958:
First African-American president of the American Meteorological Society. One of the nation's top atmospheric scientists, he was asked by President Clinton to be a member of the National Science Board that oversees the National Science Foundation. Member of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nation's most prestigious science fraternity. Authored the textbook that is the standard reference for climate modeling. Founded the Black Environmental Science Trust, a program to increase African-American participation in environmental science.

Roger Werth, 1980:
Won a Pulitzer Prize for his photography of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, May 18, 1980.

Dr. James Womack, 1968:
Appointed W. P. Luse Endowed Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Genetics at Texas A&M University in 1986. Previously taught at Abilene Christian College.

Dr. Carrie Case Worcester, 1965:
Was director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital of Orange County California, a position she first assumed in 1984. Was in charge of caring for the Frustaci Septuplets (seven babies!), born on May 21, 1985, the first recorded case of this medical miracle in American history.

Mary Carlin Yates, 1968:
Mary Carlin Yates, who graduated from OSU in 1968, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi on November 29, 1999. Prior to this appointment, she was assigned to the U.S. Embassy, Paris, as Senior Cultural Attaché, preceded by a tour as Press Attaché for Ambassador Pamela Harriman. She is a Portland native.

John Young, 1953:
Joined electronic giant Hewlett-Packard in 1958 and 20 years later became only the second CEO in the company's history, taking over from founder Bill Hewlett. During his years as company head, from 1978 to 1992, Young oversaw a tenfold increase in the company's business.

Wayne Valley, 1936:
One of America's most successful housing contractors. Founder and principal owner of the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. President of the old American Football League. Along with wife, Gladys, also an OSU alumna, became two of Oregon State's most generous benefactors. Patrick Wayne Valley, a son, played football at OSU before losing his life in a drowning accident in 1969.