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.
Leslie Darvel Lloyd, of Portland, Oregon, graduated from Oregon State College in 1929 with a BS degree in Technical Forestry. He completed a master's degree in tropical forestry at the University of Michigan and had many international assignments advising and assisting in forest management in Central and South America, Asia, and Europe. From 1937 to 1941, he was the forester for the Hawley Pulp and Paper Company. As a student, Lloyd was chairman of the first Fernhopper Day, an annual event for forestry alumni.
Donald Goman Jefferys was born in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1918, the son of Thomas and Winifred Goman Jefferys. His family moved to Albany, Oregon in 1929. Donald Goman Jefferys attended Oregon State College from fall term of 1937 through fall 1940. From 1937-1939, Jefferys studied in the School of Music, and in September 1939, he transferred to the School of Education. Jefferys married Meridee Brown in 1942. After college, he worked with his family's turkey farm until 1950 and farmed until 1953. In 1953, he began a 30-year career as a clerk with the Southern Pacific Railroad. Jefferys died in 2009.
A native Oregonian, Robert E. McDole was born in Eugene, Oregon, and lived in Ontario, Oregon from 1933 until he graduated from high school. McDole entered Oregon State College (OSC) in fall 1948 and attended OSC until 1952, when he earned a BS in Soils. From 1952 until 1965, he conducted soil and range surveys in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho as a soil scientist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1964, he entered graduate school at the University of Idaho and earned MS (1968) and Ph.D. (1969) degrees in soil science. He also was employed by the University of Idaho as a research fellow and Extension Soils Specialist. He also served as Chair of the Soils Science Division of the Department of Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences at the University of Idaho from 1986 until his retirement in 1990.
Alice Josephine Hutchens attended Oregon State College from 1938 until 1941, when she earned a BS in Secretarial Science. Prior to her enrollment at Oregon State, Hutchens attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. She was born in Forest Grove on January 21, 1917 and attended high school there. Hutchens married Andrew Johson Browning, Jr.; Alice Josephine Browning died in 2011.
Graduating from Oregon State with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1950, Robert Rankin worked as a consultant on a number of projects in Washington state and Alaska in addition to a job with the engineering firm CH2M-Hill in Corvallis. Rankin also worked as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at OSU for two terms in the 1956-1957 school year.