Francis Edwards Neer, from Pasadena, California, attended Oregon Agricultural College for four academic years (1910/11 - 1913/14) and graduated in 1914 with a B.S. in Agriculture, specializing in Horticulture. He was a member of the Gamma Delta Phi fraternity and played on his class football team. Lois Katherine Wilson, from Salem, Oregon, attended OAC for 3 years (1911/12 - 1913/14) and graduated in 1914 with a degree in Domestic Science. She and Francis Neer were later married and lived in Salem.