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
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.
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.
Stacy Allison, 1980:
Ed Allworth, 1916:
First American woman to scale Everest.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Julie A. Bentz, 1986:
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.
Major general, first female officer in Oregon Army National
Guard to achieve rank of general; member of Pres. Barack Obama's
National Security Staff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
L. "Rich" Brooks 1963, '64:
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.
OSU's first Rhodes Scholar, he became a medical doctor in Bend, Oregon.
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
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.
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.
Lowell Edwards, 1924:
Webley Edwards, 1927:
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.
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.
"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
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.
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.
Beatrice Halsell (Ward), 1926:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Jen-Hsun Huang, 1984
Former president, Hawaii Visitors Bureau in Honolulu.
Currently president and CEO of Chamber of Commerce
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:
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.
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
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.
Brian McMenamin, 1980, and Mike McMenamin, 1974:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Steve J Oliva 1963:
Hüsnü Özyeğin, 1967:
Owner of the Hi-School pharmacies chain in 50
locations in Washington and Oregon and a 1992
OSU Alumni Association "Alumni Fellow."
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:
Donald Pettit, 1978:
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.
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:
Pat Reser, 1960:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Rhodes Scholar, OSU's second.
Katharine Jefferts Schori, 1983:
Won silver and bronze medals in skiing at the
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
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.
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.
Bert Sperling, 1972:
Olympic gold in the high hurdles, 1908.
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.
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.
"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
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.
Bill Tebeau, 1948:
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
First African-American male to graduate from OSU, with a long career as a highway engineer.
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.
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
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.
Carlin Yates, 1968:
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.
Wayne Valley, 1936:
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.
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.