Alton H. Finch graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1925 with a degree in agriculture, specializing in horticulture. He received a Master's degree from Iowa State College and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1929. He worked in Georgia for a short time and then in 1931 went to the Horticulture Department at the University of Arizona. He was Department Head from 1937 until 1945, when he resigned to manage several large citrus tracts and continue his research on problems with citrus fruiting. He was still an active researcher in 1975 at the age of 75.
Stanley Eugene Corder earned his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State in 1950 and 1967. He was a forest products researcher at Oregon State University from 1951 until his death in 1979. He worked as a Research Engineer with the Oregon Forest Products Laboratory from 1951 until 1961 and as Associate Professor of Forest Products and Mechanical Engineer with the Forest Research Laboratory from 1961 until 1979. His research specialities were strength testing and analysis of wood; the study of vibrations in occupied dwellings; and the disposal of wood and bark residues and their utilization as a soil amendment or energy source.
George H. Atherton was a faculty member in Forest Products at Oregon State University from 1961 until his retirement in 1982; he was honored by the forestry students as an outstanding teacher with the Aufderheide Award. Atherton earned his BS (1950) and MS (1966) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State. From 1950 until 1961, Atherton was a research engineer with the Oregon Forest Products Laboratory; he was in charge of milling and engineering for the laboratory in 1954-1961. His research specialties included heat transfer and timber mechanics.
Merlin S. Eltzroth was born in Philadelphia in 1922, grew up in Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University in 1947. He married Elsie K. Eltzroth in June 1943. Eltzroth moved to Corvallis in 1971 and earned a BS degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University in 1974. He specialized in non-game bird biology and was a volunteer in wild bird rehabilitation and protection. In 1985, he was instrumental in the passage of Oregon laws to protect all native non-game bird species and received honors from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for his work. In 2005, he received the first Homer Campbell Award for conservation and the environment from the Audubon Society of Corvallis. Eltzroth retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1971 after serving in both World War II and the Vietnam War. Eltzroth died in Corvallis on October 7, 2005.