A few famous Beavers
This 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 represents 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Abed, 1962:
He came from Palestine in 1958 with a scholarship that was good for one year. He left in 1962 after serving as OSU's first international student body president and went on to a long career in economics. For several years he was a manager with the International Monetary Fund and also served as the governor of the Palestinian Monetary Authority.
Stacy Allison, 1980:
First American woman to scale Mt. 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 the 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. Has also been editor of The Oregonian and - more recently - The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore.
Cecil D. Andrus, 1952:
He attended Oregon State in 1952 and was awarded the OSU Distinguished Service Award in 1980.He served as governor of Idaho in 1970 and was secretary of the interior under Pres. 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 holds 38 patents in the dental equipment industry. Austin and his wife, the late Joan Austin, built 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 members to dress up as mascot Benny Beaver.
Thomas J. Autzen, 1909:
Autzen graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1909 with a degree in electrical engineering. He was president of the Portland Manufacturing Company and is credited with growing his family's milling businesses into one of the Northwest's largest suppliers of plywood and helping develop widely used modern plywood bonding technologies. Autzen Stadium at the University of Oregon was named in memory of his son Thomas E., a UO graduate.
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.
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.
Trevor Bardette, 1925:
He was an American film and television actor. He appeared in several memorable episodes of Adventures of Superman and as Newman Haynes Clanton, or Old Man Clanton, in 21 episodes of the ABC/Desilu western series, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.
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, died in 1985.
Mercedes Bates, 1936:
Known affectionately 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:
Was named "Doctor of the Year" in 1994 by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Jack R. Borsting, 1951:
Appointed CEO of the Department of Defense by Jimmy Carter in 1980. Also appointed to the Orbiter Aerospace Corporation's board of trustees in 1987. Was dean of the 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. 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 owned or managed 34 citrus ranches, operated his own soil chemistry and bacteria lab and was one of the state's best-known horse breeders and automobile collectors.
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.
Rich Brooks, 1963, 1964:
A Beaver who was a Duck, Brooks coached football at the University of Oregon for 18 years before becoming head coach of the St. Louis Rams in 1995. 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 and later a state legislator 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 on June 28, 1998.
Susan Castillo, 1981:
Former superintendent of Oregon schools, she served from 1997 to 2003 in the Oregon State Senate. Before entering politics, she had pursued a career in broadcast journalism, first for Oregon Public Broadcasting, and later for KVAL-TV in Eugene, Oregon.
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.
Rod Chandler, 1968:
A former television newscaster, he was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1974, where he served until 1982, and was elected as a Republican to the 98th Congress, where he represented the newly created 8th congressional district from January 3, 1983 to January 3, 1993.
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:
He was one of the major architects in a three-year string of victories (1980-82) for men's basketball. Those teams were 26-4, 26-2, and 25-5, for a total of 77-11. At Gill, OSU under Conner was 35-1, with a record streak of 24 straight victories and 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..
Mel Counts, 1964:
One of Oregon State's all-time great basketball pivot men. All-American. Winner of the Olympic Gold Medal in 1964. Holds numerous school and PAC-12 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.
Dr. David H. Cutsforth, 1969:
He wwas named Doctor of the Year for the United States by the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1994.
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 eye witnessed 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. Captained the Oregon State football teamand 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.
Paul Emmett, 1922:
After completing his baccalaureate at Oregon Agricultural College (now OSU), hewent on to the California Institute of Technology, where he earned his Ph.D. He was also a classmate and close friend of Linus Pauling at both institutions. In 1976, Emmett married Pauling's sister, Pauline. Emmett became chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at The Johns Hopkins University in 1937. In 1943 he left the university to join the staff of the Manhattan Project, where he was instrumental in developing a technique for the separation of Uranium-235 from U-238.
John Ensign, 1981:
He was an American veterinary physician a U.S. Senator from Nevada.
Doug Engelbart, 1948:
Inventor of the computer mouse (oran X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System" as it is known on the patent), is one of many inventions Engelbartgave the world, along with two-dimensional editing, multiple-window screens, cross-file indexing, e-mail and shared-screen teleconferencing. He died in 2013. 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 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Jackson 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:
OSU All-American Pac-10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, 1984. He enjoyed a spectacular career in the NBA earning two world championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers. 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 "Swede" Halbrook, 1956:
In his first varsity season in 1954, he was the tallest basketball player up to that time ever to play college basketball, at 7 feet 3 inches. 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. 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.
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:
She was the first African-American student to be awarded an undergraduate degree from Oregon State, a B.S. in commerce in 1926. After completing her studies 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. Halsell Hall on the OSU campus is named in her honor.
Paula Hammond, 1979:
First female to be secretary of transportation in the state of Washington.
Craig Hanneman, 1971:
A former NFL lineman, he was 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:
Hollywoodmake-up artist who worked for 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.
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 and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.
Jen-Hsun Huang, 1984:
He co-founded the graphics-processor company NVIDIA and serves as its president and CEO.
Susan Lisa Jackson, 1973:
She is a best-selling romance author with over 20 million copies of her books in print in twenty languages.
Frits Bolkstein, 1951:
He is a Dutch politician who served from 1978 to 1998, and then became the
European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services.
Joni Huntley 1975:
She was a high jumper, on 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 ½ and received the Hayward Trophy as Oregon's Outstanding Amateur Athlete. Won the Olympic bronze medal in 1984.
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 1985 Emmy award for his work on "Ewok Adventure." Recent work for Pixar includes "Monsters, Inc.", "Ratatouille", "up" and "Cars 2."
Chris Johns, 1974:
He is a photo journalist and has been editor of National Geographic magazine since Nov. 1, 2004 and has been on the staff there since 1995.
Debra Walt Johnson, 1995:
OSU Rhodes Scholar and graduate of the College of Engineering.
C. Steve Johnson, 1981:
Johnson was one of coach Ralph Miller's best players during the men's basketball 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.
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.
Bruce Klunder, 1958:
Klunder is one of 40 individuals listed as a civil rights martyr on the national Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Ala. He was 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.
Bill Krippaehne, 1973, 1976:
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. He died in 2004.
Timothy Leatherman, 1970:
Inventor of the Leatherman multi-tools.
Ed Lewis, 1933:
OSU's first consensus All-American. Picked by the Oregon Journal newspaper in 1950 as the best men's basketball player in the state during the first half century.
Octave Levenspiel, 1949, 1952:
He was a chemical engineering professor at OSU. GNU Octave, a high-level language primarily intended for numerical computations and developed by John W. Eaton, '85, a former student of Octave Levenspiel, is named after him.
Michael Lowry, 1990:
A former actor, known for All My Children (1970), The Longest Ride (2015) and Coronado (2003), he is now a lawyer in Los Angeles.
James Douglas McKay, 1917:
Governor of Oregon, 1949-52. Was secretary of the Department of the Interior under Eisenhower.
Bobb McKittrick, 1958:
He 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 football coaching tenure at OSU under Tommy Prothro. He died in 2000.
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.
Brian McMenamin, 1980, and Mike McMenamin, 1974:
Founders of the McMenamins hospitality chain.
Carol Menken-Schaudt, 1984:
Winner of Olympic gold medal in women's basketball in 1984.
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.
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, she 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
David Noor, 1996:
When he entered OSU as a freshman in 1990 at age 11, he was the youngest student of college standing ever to attend OSU.
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.
George Oppen, 1926
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet attended OAC in 1926, and met his wife, Mary Colby, there.
Hüsnü Özyeğin, 1967:
Engineer, Turkish philanthropist, ASOSU president as a student. Özyeğin University located in Istanbul, Turkey was founded by the Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation in 2007.
Linus Pauling, 1922:
Pauling, a 1922 OSU graduate and the only recipient of two unshared Nobel Prizes, (Chemistry, 1954; Peace, 1962) undertook a wide range of studies during his seventy-year career as a scientist, humanitarian and peace activist. The Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers at OSU is comprised of over five hundred thousand items and contains all of Pauling's personal and scientific papers, research materials, correspondence, photographs, awards, and memorabilia. Not only does the Pauling archive reflect Linus Pauling's long and varied scientific career, the presence of Ava Helen Pauling's (1903-1981) papers also indicates their mutual devotion to world peace and to each other. Pauling felt that vitamins and other essential micronutrients play a significant role in enhancing human health and preventing chronic diseases, not just deficiency diseases. He founded his own institute to carry out research in this field that he believed would be of enormous importance to public health. The Linus Pauling Institute at OSU continues this work.
Gary Payton, 1990:
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. Beat 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.
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.
Norris Poulson, 1914-16
He was a two-time mayor and congressman from California.
Robert Rau, 1942:
Co-host of "The Collectors," a family heirloom show produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and the forerunner of "Antiques Roadshow."
Robin Reed, 1924:
Still considered one of OSU's greatest athletes in any sport, the small (135 pounds) but wiry 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.
Mike Rich, 2007(H):
He studied business at OSU, leaving before graduation to begin a career as a radio journalist. Screen-writer of such films as Finding Forrester (2000); The Rookie (2002); Radio (2003); Miracle (uncredited) (2004); Invincible (uncredited) (2006); The Nativity Story (2006), and Secretariat (2010). He received an honorary degree from OSU in 2007.
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:
A forest scientist, he served for many years as permanent secretary to the minister of science, technology and energy in his native Thailand, and served as chairman of the executive board of the Research Council of Thailand. He died in February 1999.
Jean Saubert, 1966:
An alpine ski racer from the United States. She won two medals in the 1964 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria. She was inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. She died in 2007.
Katharine Jefferts Schori, 1977, 1983:
Oceanographer, first female to be presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States.
Lew Scott, 1968:
He 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.
Joy Selig Petersen, 1992:
She was a three-time gymnastics 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.
Leonard Shoen, 1943:
He worked his way through collegeby running a chain of beauty parlors and barber shops, and co-founded the U-Haul rental business with his wife, Anna, in 1945. Died in 1999.
Forrest Smithson, 1908:
Olympic gold in the high hurdles, 1908.
Dick Spady, 1950:
Founder and namesake of the iconic Dick's Drive-In Restaurants in the Seattle area. Founded in 1954 and still going strong today, Dick's was named the home of "America's Most Life-Changing Burger" by Esquire magazine in 2012 because of support from loyal customers. Additionally, the company is known for paying higher wages than its competitors, providing insurance even to part-time employees and providing scholarships to its employees. It remains a family-run operation.
Bert Sperling, 1972:
Demographer and creator of Sperling's Best Places
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.
Lee Arden Thomas, 1907,
He designed the Memorial Union as well as Portland' Oriental Theater and many buildings in Deschutes County.
Bill Tebeau, 1948:
First African-American male to graduate from OSU, with a long career as a highway engineer and educator. Tebeau Hall on the OSU campus is named in his honor.
Willi Unsoeld, 1951:
Conquered most of North America's highest peaks before becoming a member of the first American team in history to scale world's highest peak, Mt. Everest, in 1964. Died on Mt. Rainier in 1979.
Warren Washington, 1958:
First African-American president of the American Meteorological Society. One of the nation's top atmospheric scientists, he was 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 Authored a textbook that is a 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.
James Withycombe, 1898
Born in England, his success in both farming and livestock raising earned him an appointment as Oregon State Veterinarian in 1889 and a professorship in agriculture at Oregon Agricultural College in 1898. He also served as director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and as head of the Department of Dairy Husbandry. He was elected governor of Oregon in 1915 and died in 1919. Withycombe Hall on campus is named in his honor.
Mary Carlin Yates, 1968:
She was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi in 1999 and U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana in 2002. She was named Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Activities, United States Africa Command in 2008 and has also served as the Principal Advisor to the Commander, United States European Command. She has earned two State Department Superior Honor Awards and two Meritorious Honor Awards.
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. As CEO, he attained a reputation for integrity and good management that was described in "In Search of Excellence," the 1980s management bestseller by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman. He served as chairman of former President Reagan's Commission on Industrial Competitiveness in 1983, and has served on numerous private and public boards and commissions.
Irwandi Yusuf, 1993:
He was Governor of Indonesia from 2007 to 2012.
Wayne Valley, 1936:
Founder and principal owner of the Oakland Raiders of the NFL. President of the old American Football League.