Interview with Harold Kerr and Tom Zinn, February 24, 2008 (Part 1 Transcript)

Interview with Harold Kerr and Tom Zinn, February 24, 2008 (Part 1 Transcript)
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Zinn, Thomas G. Oral history Kerr, Harold
Kerr, Harold E. Zinn, Thomas G.
Uhlig, Elizabeth
Harold E. Kerr began working for the Extension Service in Crook County as a County Extension Agent in 1960, working primarily with the 4-H program. While stationed in Crook County, Kerr was responsible for the weed control program, a Saturday radio talk show, and oversaw preparations for different 4-H events. He held this position until 1967, when he took a sabbatical to further his education. After returning from graduate school in 1969, Kerr worked in Morrow County as the Wheat Agent, Agronomist, and Staff Chair. In 1980 he was transferred to Wasco County in 1980, and in 1982, he relocated to the OSU main campus in Corvallis, Oregon, to assume the position of Associate Director for Extension Services. In 1990, Kerr retired and was given an Emeritus appointment. Tom Zinn / Thomas G. Zinn began his career with the Extension Service in 1962 as a County Extension Agent for Columbia County. In 1965, he was transferred to Gilliam County. From 1970 to 1975, Zinn took a leave of absence in order to serve as a Wheat Specialist in Ankara, Turkey, as a part of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) team that was assisting with the improvement of Turkish wheat crop yields. Continuing his leave after returning to America, Zinn earned a Master's degree in Cereal Production. Upon returning to the Extension Service, Zinn was relocated to Wasco County and served as the Extension Agent focusing on livestock and crops. In 1980, Zinn moved to Corvallis, Oregon to become a Supervisor within the Extension Service. During a reorganization of the Extension Service in 1982, Zinn was made an Associate Director. In 1993, Zinn retired from the Extension Service with an Emeritus appointment.
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Oregon State University Extension Service Faculty and Staff Oral History Collection, 2007-2009 (OH 14)
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