Merrill Oveson was an Extension agent for Umatilla County from 1931-1938 and served as the Superintendent of the Pendleton Experiment Station from 1948-1966. A white winter wheat variety is named after Oveson.
Emeritus Dean of Science F. A. Gilfillan and Chemistry Department Head Bert E. Christensen. Francois A. Gilfillan was a professor of Chemistry (1927-1939) and Dean of Science (1939-1962). Gilfillan also filled in as acting President of Oregon State College from 1941-1942.