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.
Ivan Pratt was a Marine Biologist for Oregon State College in the 1940's and 1950's. Pratt created a parasitology lab to help support and expand Marine Biology studies. Pratt discovered a new species of mite that attacked beachhoppers, a type of crustacean, along Oregon and Washington coasts.