Novelist Bernard Malamud was an English professor at Oregon State College from 1949 to 1961. During this time he wrote three novels: The Natural (1952), The Assistant (1957), and A New Life (1961) as well as a collection of short stories, called The Magic Barrel (1959) for which he received the National Book Award. He was presented OSU's Distinguished Service Award in 1969.
James H. Jensen served as president of Oregon State University from 1961-1969. Within these eight years, Jensen expanded OSU faculty and facilities significantly and founded the 25 Year Club, which recognized employees who have worked at OSU for 25 years.
Theodore L. Mesang was Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands from 1949-1957. Mesang became Associate Professor in 1957, then professor in 1964. Mesang published over 250 compositions and directed the marching and concert bands.