Withycombe Club

History of The Withycombe Club

In the fall of 2003, the Department of Animal Sciences decided to reorganize the Withycombe Club, formerly a student organization honoring distinguished alums and industry members, into an annual event at which the Department honors alumni or members of the industry who have served the department or industry in an exemplary manner. Pictures and short summaries of the life achievements of each member inducted into the Withycombe Club are displayed in Withycombe Hall, as an inspiration for future generations of students in the animal sciences. All of these members are part of the heritage of the Department of Animal Sciences at Oregon State University. This proud heritage began when three animal husbandry departments (Animal, Dairy and Poultry), along with Agronomy, were first formed in the College of Agriculture in 1907.

At the charter luncheon of the Withycombe Club held on May 28th, 2004, all 51 Withycombe honorees from previous years, in addition to 18 new honorees, were inducted into the club as charter members. Enthusiasm for the luncheon was strong from the start, but surpassed all expectations as time went by. Total attendance was over 300, including charter members, their family and friends, representatives, college guests, and Animal Sciences faculty, staff, and students. Perhaps the greatest affirmation of the event came from charter member Dr. Walther Ott, aged 92, who came all the way from New Jersey, and invited 30 family and friends from Oregon to join him! It was wonderful to see so many friends from years gone by, and to see them reminisce with one another. It was a privilege to honor those who have contributed so much to the animal sciences and livestock industries.

Dr. James Withycombe

1854 – 1919

First Head of Animal Husbandry and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, Oregon Agricultural College;

Governor of the State of Oregon

Andrews, Glendon

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Glendon Andrews ranched and bred Charolais cattle at LaGrande with his wife, Maxine, and sons, Bruce and John. He was past director of the American International Charolais Association, and past president and board chairman of the Western Charolais Association. He was former president of the Oregon City Land Bank Association. Glendon supported local and state 4-H and FFA activities. He served as chairman of the school board, and was a member of the Vocational Guidance Council in Molalla.

Arscott, Dr. George

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. George H. Arscott is an OSU alumnus. He graduated with a B.S. degree in poultry husbandry in 1949. He was head of the Department of Poultry Science for 19 years, and is currently professor emeritus of poultry science. Dr. Arscott was one of the founders of the PNW Animal Nutrition Conference. He received the Nixon Distinguished Professor of Agriculture Award in 1985, and the Poultry Scientist of the Year and Outstanding Service Awards from the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association in 1985 and 1988. He was president and fellow of the Poultry Science Association in 1983 and 1986. He was inducted into the Oregon Poultry Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Career Achievement Registry in 1997. Dr. Arscott was active in the Oregon poultry industry as a nutritionist. He played a major role in developing the USAID Poultry Extension and Training Project for the Yemen Arab Republic, 1981-86.

Ballard, Frank L.

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Frank L. Ballard received a B.S. in agriculture from Oregon Agricultural College in 1916. He served as a county agent, extension teacher, specialist, supervisor and administrator. He was president of Oregon State College from 1940-41. Frank was honored for his leadership in the betterment of the county extension program and for his aid in placing agriculture in the proper perspective in the minds of urban people.

Barnes, Lynn

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Lynn Barnes started in the sheep industry by purchasing bummer lambs in 1933 and using proceeds to buy his first Romney ewes.   Through a sound breeding program coupled with importation of rams from New Zealand, Lynn has developed one of the premier U.S. Romney flocks.  He was also a Suffolk breeder for over 30 years.  In addition to his national show ring activities, Lynn has been a community leader in numerous local and statewide agricultural organizations.

Berger, Paul

2006 Distinguished Service Award

Paul Berger grew up in the shadows of OSU on a crop and livestock farm in Linn County.  His relationship with the University spans a lifetime; he first set foot on campus at age 10 as a 4-H Club member.  Paul received a B.S. degree at OSU in 1950 and an M.S. degree in 1951, both in Dairy Science.  In 1955, he joined the Department of Animal Science at OSU with responsibilities for coordinating the Department’s livestock, farms and facilities used in teaching and research.  In 1963, Paul was hired by Eli Lilly to serve in their Animal Health Division.  He remained with the company until his retirement in 1990.

Paul has been an active supporter of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, serving on the E.R. Jackman Board, establishing the Paul C. Berger Endowed Professorship in the Crop and Soil Science Department at OSU, and taking an active part in supporting the endowed Animal Sciences Department Head Scholarship program.

Bergholz, Anne

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Anne S. Bergholz has made outstanding contributions to nutrition education while serving 19 years as executive director of the Oregon Dairy Council and 11 years as extension home economist.  She was head of the Oregon Nutrition Council, Oregon Public Health Association, Portland Home Economists in Business, and the Oregon Home Economist Association.  Anne served on home economic advisory committees for Oregon State University and Portland Community College.  She is a member of five professional societies.

Campbell, Dr. Scott

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Scott Campbell is an OSU alumnus.  He earned his B.S. degree in animal science in 1980 and his D.V.M. in 1985, both from OSU.  Dr. Campbell was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Burns, Oregon.  He started his first practice at Banfield Hospital in Portland.  Today, he is chairman and CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital.  He has built Banfield Pet Hospital into the largest private veterinary practice in the world, providing quality medical services to over one million pets annually.  Banfield opened its first international hospital in Manchester, England, this year, and it plans to open a hospital in Leeds.  Dr. Campbell recently finalized plans to build a small animal teaching hospital at the Universidad Nacional Autonome de Mexico (UNAM).  He was honored as an OSU Alumni Fellow in 2000 and is a former OSU Alumni Association board member.

Chambers, Doug

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Doug Chambers' activity in the sheep industry began when, as a boy, he traveled with his grandfather, buying lambs for the family-owned Valley Packing Company of Salem.  He has since been a lamb buyer, commercial sheep man, purebred breeder and the judge of innumerable sheep shows.  His first love has been purebred sheep.  He has served in the capacity of director and national president of both the American Shropshire Registry Association and the North County Cheviot Association.  Doug was appointed to the first Oregon Sheep Commission and later served as its chairman.  Although now retired, he continues to raise Shropshire sheep and remains active in the sheep industry.

Chandler, Herbert

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Herbert Chandler was a premier breeder and improver of Hereford cattle.  He was twice president of the American Hereford Association, as well as president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and the Baker County Livestock Association.  He was a noted cattle judge and distinguished citizen.

Clark, R.L.

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

R. L. Clark was a business and civic leader.  He was a long-time commission man, having spent many years on the board of Pacific International as superintendent of the Fat Stock Division.  He was president of the Portland Chamber of Commerce, and a friend and supporter of junior livestock programs.

Cockett, Dr. Noelle

2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award

After receiving her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Oregon State University, Noelle Cockett spent five years as a Research Geneticist at the USDA, ARS U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.  She joined Utah State University as an assistant professor in 1990, was promoted to associate professor in 1993, and to full professor in 1996.  Noelle is currently the Vice President for Extension and Agriculture and the Dean for the College of Agriculture at Utah State University.  She has also served as the Interim Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and, most recently, as the Interim Provost for the University.

Noelle’s research program has centered on the identification of genetic markers associated with economically important traits in livestock.  Her current projects include characterization of the callipyge gene causing muscle hypertrophy in sheep and identification of genetic markers for parasite resistance in sheep.  She has published over 85 refereed articles and book chapters, and over 150 abstracts, technical reports and proceedings.  She is currently the Chief Editor for Animal Genetics and has been the NAGRP U.S. Coordinator for Sheep Genome Mapping since 1993.

Costley, Dr. Gary

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. Gary Costley earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in the Department of Animal Science in 1966, 1968 and 1970, focusing on nutrition. He immediately joined the staff of the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, MI, as director of their program in nutrition. He rose through the ranks, serving as director of nutrition, vice president for public affairs, senior vice president for corporate development and assistant to the president, senior vice president of science, executive vice president of science and technology, president of Kellogg U.S.A., and president of Kellogg North America. From Kellogg, he went to Wake Forest University where he was dean of the Babcock Graduate School of Management and taught a course in business ethics. He is currently chairman, president and CEO of International Multifoods, headquartered in Minnesota. He is a member of the American Institute of Nutrition and has served on the boards of directors of Pharmacopeia Inc., the Miller Foundation, the Sarah W. Stedman Center for Nutritional Studies at Duke University Medical School, Youth for Understanding (an international student exchange organization in Washington, D.C.), Bush Brothers, Inc., Lance, Candlewood Hotels, and the Principal Financial Group.

DeJong, Jack

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Service to Oregon’s dairy industry distinguishes the Withycombe Club recipient for 1969.  Jack DeJong served seven years on the Oregon Dairy Products Commission, three years on the Oregon Dairy Council, and fifteen years on the board of Mayflower Farms (three as vice-president).  In addition, he served on the Budget Committee, Planning Committee, and Tax Equalization Committee of Polk County.  His sons continue the dairy enterprise he began with seven cows in 1927.

Dement, Sam

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Sam Dement graduated from OSU in 1942 in animal husbandry.  He is originally from Myrtle Point and now owns and operates a sheep and cattle ranch in Curry County.  Sam served four years in the Oregon State Senate.  He was past president of the Coos County Livestock Association and the Western Oregon Livestock Association.  He served two terms as president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association.

Dixon, H.S.

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

H.S. (Beale) Dixon, as manager of Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) for 25 years, was responsible for its becoming one of the best marketing organizations in the United States.   Dairymen marketing milk through TCCA receive higher returns for their milk and more from their investment than do members of most co-ops.  Beale was an active leader in local, civic, youth and religious groups.  He was a member of seven state and national organizations concerned with the marketing of dairy products.

Ewalt, Harold

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

The selection of Harold P. Ewalt recognizes 40 years of dedicated service to the Oregon and national dairy industries, as teacher, researcher, and extension leader.  Harold headed Oregon’s DHIA for 20 years; for three years he was a member of the national advisory committee.  He was a member of the board of directors, American Dairy Science Association, and served as secretary and president of the extension section.  He was a co-leader in program development of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission and the Oregon Dairy Breeders Association and for many years was secretary of the Oregon Dairymen’s Association.  Later he was active in marketing programs, and led the move to merge Oregon dairy processing cooperatives.

Fenk, Rudy

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Rudy Fenk was a Holstein breeder recognized locally and state-wide for his management ability and leadership.  He has received conservation awards, served on five state agricultural committees, been director of the Tillamook County Creamery Association, and the local and state Dairy Herd Improvement Association.  He is a local leader in cultural and religious groups.

Ford, Dr. Stephen P.

2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Stephen Ford grew up on a crop and livestock farm in the Ankeny Hills near Salem, Oregon.  He received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Oregon State University in 1971 and his M.S. degree in Reproductive Physiology from West Virginia University in 1973.  In 1974, he returned to Oregon State, and, in 1977, he received the Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology.

After graduation, Dr. Ford served as Research Physiologist at the USDA, ARS, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.  In 1979, he accepted an Associate Professorship in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University and, in 1985, advanced to Professor.

Dr. Ford’s research has focused on the controls of uterine and placental vascularity and blood flow and their impacts on litter size, fetal growth and development, and offspring quality.  He has been the recipient of several awards, including the Midwestern Section, ASAS, Young Scientist Award in 1988, the Iowa State Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award in 1996, and the National ASAS Animal Physiology and Endocrinology Award in 2000.  In 2001, he was appointed Rochelle Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wyoming.  He also serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Fetal Programming.

French, Raymond

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

A cattle rancher in the Heppner area, Ray has served as district vice president on the board of directors, and as 1st vice president and president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association. He is a past Umatilla National Forest advisory board member.  He has also been on the board of directors and was membership chairman for the National Cattlemen's Association.  He is former chairman and past director of Morrow County Livestock Growers.  Ray was the 1964 Man of the Year and has served on the Heppner School Board and Heppner Soil Conservation District.  He is the Oregon Cattlemen's Association legislative chairman, and is on the Umatilla National Forest advisory board.  He has served two terms in the Oregon legislature and two terms as Morrow County Commissioner.

Frischknecht, Dean

2005 Distinguished Service Award

During his long tenure as Livestock Extension Specialist, Dean Frischknecht became one of the most popular and well-liked personalities serving Oregon’s animal industries.  Dean believed in bringing information to those who could use it, which he accomplished by organizing producer meetings at various locations around the state, at which he featured both local and national animal research experts.  He was also instrumental in the organization and operation of the Wasco County Bull Grading Tour, which continues to this day.  Moving with the times, Dean developed a highly-popular Computer Cow Game, which aided producers in using the then new technology to assess their herd records.  Dean liked to see people receive credit for their accomplishments, and, through his efforts in Beef Improvement International, he brought recognition to outstanding Oregon cattle seed-stock producers and commercial cattlemen.  He also has brought honor to distinguished agriculturists through his continuing efforts in OSU’s Diamond Pioneer Registry.  Truly, Dean has formed a legacy that will continue to serve Oregon’s animal industries.

Fullenwider, George

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

George Fullenwider was Oregon’s first dairy and food inspector, from 1913-19; he was a prominent dairyman and leader in school, church, and cooperative movement affairs.  He was president of the Oregon Dairymen’s Association from 1931-39.  George was a member of the state Board of Agriculture under five governors; the Dairy Products Commission; the board of directors, Dairy Council; and the Willamette Production Credit Association.

Hagg, Henry

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Henry Hagg was a successful dairy farmer and dairy industry leader.  He was an outstanding organizer and champion of cooperative agricultural enterprises in Oregon and in the nation, and a notable supporter of elementary, secondary and university education and agricultural research.

Hagg, Oscar

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Oscar N. Hagg was Oregon’s dairy marketing specialist.  He was president of the Oregon Dairymen’s Association and of the Oregon Jersey Cattle Club; director of the Oregon Dairy Council; master of the Grange; and a leader in promoting laws governing Brucellosis eradication, milk quality, and milk marketing.  Oscar was a popular speaker and master of ceremonies, and a television celebrity.  He was a promoter of the dairy industry, an educator, a builder of men.

Hammack, Lyle

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Lyle W. Hammack was president of Raven Creamery; a member of the Portland Executives Association, the Oregon Dairy Council and Oregon Dairy Industries; board member of the American Butter Institute; and a member of the Agricultural Research Foundation, the Oregon Dairy Products Commission and the Oregon Agricultural Research and Advisory Boards.  Lyle was a prominent leader in civic affairs, including the Boys Clubs of Oregon, Kiwanis and the Masonic Lodge.

Hansell, Stafford

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

A native of Athena, Oregon, Stafford Hansell served in the state legislature from 1957-1974.  He was influential as a member and chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee and of the State Emergency Board which functions between legislative sessions.  In 1960, in partnership with his brother, he established one of the country's largest swine enterprises on the site of the Umatilla Ordnance Housing Project.  In 1974, he was chosen by the governor to head the state's executive department.  Long a supporter of higher education, he was presented a Distinguished Service Award by Oregon State University in 1978.

Hanson, Walter

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Walter Hanson began milking cows in the late 1940's, and his farm became a grade A dairy in 1953.  Walt was a successful showman at the Clackamas County Fair, the Oregon State Fair, and the Western National Jersey Show for many years.  He was an honorary member of Molalla FFA and Oregon FFA, and secretary and treasurer of Clackamas County’s Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

Harper, James

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

James Harper is currently professor emeritus of poultry science at OSU, following a tenure from 1942-82.  He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oregon State College and The Pennsylvania State College in 1940 and 1942.  In 1945, he was placed in charge of developing a 50 acre turkey research facility on Harrison Boulevard for the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station.  His research, which included ways to improve the growth and reproductive qualities of turkeys, was instrumental in aiding development of the Oregon and national turkey industries.  He authored numerous scientific publications pertaining to turkey biology.  He is a recipient of the National Turkey Federation Research Award, the Hamilton-Lyons-Mitchell Award and the Diamond Pioneer Award.

Hartung, Tom

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Tom Hartung was a student leader and 1950 graduate in agricultural economics at Oregon State University.  He served his community as member of the Beaverton School Board, regional director of the International Arabian Horse Association, member of the Oregon Horsemen’s Association, director of the Oregon Meat Council, and member of the President’s USDA Livestock Council.  Tom was state representative from 1967-69 and state senator from 1966-2003 for Washington and Yamhill Counties.  Senator Hartung is the first person to have served for five consecutive decades in the Oregon House and Senate.  He was a member of a 1975 evaluation team of the OSU Animal Science Department.

Harvey, Glenn

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Glenn W. Harvey, born in Summer Lake, Oregon, in 1923, grew up on the family ranch, and graduated from OSU in 1950.  He was Phi Kappa Phi and a top student.  Glenn operated Harvey Ranch, Inc., for more than 40 years and developed an outstanding herd of cattle.  He received the Commercial Beef Producer of the Year award in 1985 from the Beef Improvement Federation.  Glenn and his wife, Mildred, donated their ranch to OSU in 1987 so research could be conducted to benefit the cattle industry.  Glenn has served on the OSU Foundation Board and the E.R. Jackman Foundation Board.  Glenn and Mildred are great supporters of OSU.  They established a charitable remainder unitrust that will support an endowed professorship in the Animal Sciences Department, a men’s and women’s basketball endowment, provide the Glenn and Mildred Harvey Presidential Scholarship, support the livestock judging team, and other Animal Sciences programs.

Hatfield, Doc and Connie

Charter Members, Distinguished Service

Doc and Connie Hatfield are co-founders of Oregon Country Beef and have been nationally recognized speakers on sustainable beef production.  The Hatfields own and manage Hatfield's High Desert Ranch in Brothers, Oregon, where they have become leaders in watershed management and ecologically sensitive livestock grazing.  They pioneered marketing Oregon beef to Japan.  They received the Society for Range Management Pacific Northwest Trail Boss award, and the National Society for Range Management Achievement award.  In 2001, Doc and Connie Hatfield won the Donald M. Kerr award for helping to establish and spread a sustainable approach to ranch management. The $5,000 award is given annually by the High Desert Museum to recognize a volunteer who has a positive impact on desert cultural or natural resources.

Hawkins, Bert

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Bert Hawkins was president of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and a member of the board of directors for the American National Cattlemen’s Association (ANCA).  He was chairman of the animal health committee for ANCA, and vice-president of the United States Animal Health Association.  Bert is a rancher in the Vale–Ontario area.  He was a member of the advisory committee to the Squaw Butte Experiment Station, and of the Agricultural Research and Advisory Council.  He played a significant role in realizing a School of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University.

Henry, Will

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Will W. Henry was active in the Dairy Cooperative Association, now known as Mayflower Farms, of which he was manager from 1931-60.  He helped organize the Oregon Dairy Council and served as director of the state and national councils.  He was an active supporter of dairy industry promotional programs, and prominent in Kiwanis and other community affairs.

Hibberds, Dick and Laurose

Charter Members, Distinguished Service

Pioneer Polled Hereford breeder Dick Hibberd was director of the local, district and national Polled Hereford Associations.  Dick was a soil conservationist.  He was president of Elgin Stampede, a 4-H Club leader, and supporter and encourager of all youth activities.

Laurose Hibberd was president of the county, district and state 4-H Leaders Associations, and a long-time 4-H club leader.  She was chairman of the Imbler School Board, president of the Union County Cowbelles, and active in local and state work with Rainbow Girls.

Hogg, Ronald

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Ronald L. Hogg earned a B.S. degree in agriculture from Oregon Agricultural College in 1924.  He was a premier breeder and improver of Hampshire sheep, and president of the American Hampshire Sheep Association from 1956-57.  Ron was an active supporter of youth activities.  He was a nationally recognized sheep judge, and long time president of the Pacific Wool Growers Association.

Hotchkiss, Don

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Don Hotchkiss grew up in Lake County, Oregon, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Oregon State University in 1941.  He has been very involved with OSU and the state of Oregon throughout his lifetime.  He has been presidentof the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, as well as the Lake County Stock Growers; he was on the Bureau of Land Management advisory board; is a Diamond Pioneer award recipient, and has been inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame.  He has served as a Harvey Ranch board member, and chaired the ranch advising committee.  Don was a bank loan officer for South Eastern Oregon First Interstate Bank.  He served on the advisory board for Lake County Extension Service and was instrumental on at least two occasions in maintaining a Lake County extension presence.

Hubbard, Chauncey

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Chauncey M. Hubbard was a 1916 graduate with honors of the Animal Husbandry Department at Oregon Agriculture College, and a charter member of the original Withycombe Club.  Chauncey is credited as starting the first organized lamb club in the U.S.A., in Dickens County, Texas, about 1918.  He was a successful farmer and stockman in the Willamette Valley who was nationally recognized as a premier breeder, improver, and judge of Hampshire and Suffolk sheep.  He was a charter member of the Oregon Purebred Sheep Breeders Association, director of Pacific Wool Growers, a  community leader, and dedicated supporter of agricultural youth programs.  Chauncey was the first recipient of Benton County’s Stockman of the Year and, in 1961, he and his son, Chauncey, Jr., were recognized as Livestock Men of the Year.

Hydes, Dayton "Hawk" and Gerda

Charter Members, Distinguished Service

Dayton "Hawk" and Gerda Hyde own "Yamsi," a Hereford cattle ranch on the Willamette River, 30 miles from Chiloquin.  Dayton and Gerda attended the University of California at Berkeley and Davis, respectively.   "Hawk" is author of eight books including Yamsi, a book about their ranch, and Sandy, the story of a Sand Hill Crane.  He was on the national board of directors for the Defenders of Wildlife.  Both Dayton and Gerda are active in the Klamath County and Oregon Cattlemen's Associations.  Gerda served as president of the Oregon Cow Belles and National Cattlewomen.  She provides much of the management for their ranch operations.  At Yamsi, water and range conservation measures have increased grazing capacity and enhanced habitat for fish and wildlife.  Eagles, ospreys, swans and game animals flourish with the cattle.

Jones, Denny

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Denny Jones has been a member of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, and member and past president of the American Cattlemen's Association.  He was on the board of directors of the Pacific International Livestock Exposition, and was director, 1973, and past member of the Board of Trustees.   He is past executive board member for the Public Land Council representing 13 western states; and a member of the  State House of Representatives, representing Harney, Lake and Malheur Counties.  Denny is dedicated to the cause of agriculture.  He has served nine years on the local school board, six years on the county Budget Board, and three years on the County Juvenile Council.  His 26 years in the Oregon House of Representatives have included 18 years as a member of the Ways and Means Committee and Emergency Board and one term as co-chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

Kessi, Don

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Don Kessi was a lifelong farmer and purebred sheep breeder.  He was national director of the Cheviot, Romney and Lincoln Associations and successfully competed in shows throughout the U.S. and Canada.  He was past president of the Oregon Purebred Sheep Breeders Association and a leader of various county livestock and conservation groups.  Don was a strong supporter of sheep youth activities; he was an active leader in 4-H and FFA, a member of local and state Fair Boards, and he donated several sheep breeding projects to deserving youngsters.  His son and grandson are following his lead in the purebred sheep business.

Lamont, George

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

George Lamont of Coburg, Oregon, assumed ownership of Featherland Farms Hatchery in 1962.  Established by George's father, Creston Lamont, in 1937, it became the largest independent egg production hatchery in the U.S.  George is active in PEPA and served as its president in 1994-1995.  He was appointed to the State Board of Agriculture in 1986, and served there eight years.  He established a scholarship for Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine students interested in poultry, and served on their advisory board for twelve years.  As an ardent supporter of students within the College of Agricultural Sciences, he was recognized as an Honorary College of Agricultural Sciences Agricultural Student Ambassador.  He was inducted into the Oregon State University Agriculture Hall of Fame in April, 1994.  His company was recognized by the OSU College of Business's Austin Family Business Program in 1989 for excellence in a small business.

Long, Jack

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Jack Long was born in Salem, Oregon, and raised in Linn County.  Jack obtained his B.S. degree in animal science at Oregon State University in 1960.  He was first active in the sheep industry.  Jack served as president of the Oregon Purebred Sheep Breeders and as director of the American Shropshire Breeder Association.  In later years, he and his wife, Lurlyn, started the family business, J & L Nursery Co., Inc.  Jack has provided leadership in that industry by serving as president of the Northwest Horticultural Congress, president of the Oregon Association of Nurserymen, and president of the American Association of Nurserymen.  More recently, he served as president of the Oregon Garden Foundation for five years.  He has been a director of West Coast Bank since 1990.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee of CARET for OSU in Washington, D.C.

Long, R.A. (Reub)

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

R.A. (Reub) Long was a high desert rancher, horseman, and philosopher.  He was Oregon Grassman of the Year in 1952.  He co-authored, with E.R. Jackman, The Oregon Desert.  Reub was a member of the state Board of Agriculture, the OSU Foundation Committee, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, and the advisory board to the Bureau of Land Management.

Lyons, Richard M.

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Richard M. Lyons was a master breeder of Guernsey cattle for 30 years, particularly known for his service to his community and Oregon’s agriculture.  For twenty years, he was a member of the Eugene Farmer’s Creamery Board, serving as its chairman for twelve years.  For many years, he served on the County Fair Board as Superintendent of Dairy Cattle and Farm House Administration.  He was president of the Oregon Dairymen’s Association and a member of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission.

Mast, Hollis

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Hollis Mast was a producer of high quality Romney and Suffolk sheep as part of a diversified farming operation that also included dairy cattle.  His century farm was the site of numerous extension tours and demonstration plots involved with fertilization levels for improved pasture and livestock production, controlled grazing systems, and electric predator fencing.  Hollis served as president of the Western Oregon Livestock Association and was a life long member of the Oregon Sheep Producers Association.  In addition, he was an active leader, serving on numerous local boards in his community and county.

Meier, Earl

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Earl Meier was a nationally known breeder of registered Brown Swiss cattle.  As co-owner of Meier Dairy Farms, he managed an outstanding herd of Brown Swiss cattle that had been in the family for more than 40 years.  He was an officer of the Brown Swiss Breeders’ Association at the state and national levels.  He assumed an active role of leadership in the dairy industry of Oregon, holding office on more than 10 state boards and commissions.  He was equally active as a leader in his own community.

Mosher, Wayne

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Wayne is widely known throughout Oregon and the U.S. for his innovative efforts to increase sheep production from forage.  During his 31 years as Douglas County livestock extension agent, he greatly advanced livestock grazing management and agroforestry and was the driving force in establishment of subclover, an achievement that gained him national recognition.  He was also an active sheep producer for over 20 years.  Wayne's continuing support of the sheep industry through Oregon State University has included leading a successful legislative campaign for construction of the new Sheep Research Facility completed in 1990.

Mumford, D. Curtis

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

D. Curtis Mumford was a professor emeritus of agricultural economics.  He joined the faculty of OSU in 1938.  As teacher and advisor, he gained the reputation of having a sincere and abiding concern for students and fellow faculty.  He worked closely with the Milk Stabilization Division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture where he contributed much to the structure of the milk market and to the understanding of costs of producing milk.

Nelson, David

2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dave graduated from High School in Paisley, Oregon, where he spent his summers working on various cattle ranches.  He received his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Oregon State University and his Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Artillery through the ROTC program in 1964.  He entered active duty at Ft. Sill, OK, and upon completion of the Officers Basic Course was assigned as an instructor at the artillery and missile school.  He returned to OSU in 1967 and finished a second B.S. in Business Administration before joining the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation.  He was appointed Executive Vice President of the organization in 1969 and served in that capacity until 1977.

With his wife and partner, Leah, Dave established his own association management and lobbying firm in 1977.  He has represented numerous agricultural clients including the Oregon Seed Council and the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and has had significant influence on the laws and regulations affecting production agriculture.  Dave and Leah breed and raise registered American Quarter Horses, primarily to compete on race tracks around the Northwest and in California.  They are recognized as one of Oregon’s leading Quarter Horse breeders.  Dave has been awarded the US Army Distinguished Service Award, the Oregon Seed Council’s Seedsman of the Year Award, the Oregon Seed Trade Association’s Person of the Year Award, the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and was recognized by the Oregon Department of Agriculture for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Agriculture.  He is listed in Who’s Who in the West.

Nyberg, John

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

John graduated from OSU in 1970.  He has served as 2nd vice president of the Western Oregon Livestock Association, president of Yamhill County Livestock, and is on the board of directors for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association.  He is also involved in the Weed Control Board, serving as chairman, the FFA Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Yamhill County Fair Board.  John is now manager of Star Mooring Farm, which has been directly involved with selenium and tansy research at Oregon State University.  John also works with the U.S. Department of Fisheries and Wildlife on preventive trapping.

Oldfield, Dr. James E.

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

James E. Oldfield received his Ph.D. in animal science at Oregon State University in 1951.  He has served as researcher, professor, civic leader, and  head of the Department of Animal Science at OSU.  Dr. Oldfield is noted for his research on the role of selenium in white muscle disease.  He is past president of the American Society of Animal Science, and recipient of the ASAS Morrison Award, 1972.  He is truly a friend of the livestock industry, students and community.

Oliver, Herman

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Herman Oliver was a progressive and successful rancher, a public spirited citizen, and supporter of agricultural extension and 4-H activities.  He served 27 years on the state Board of Higher Education, was on the State Highway Commission, and on numerous bank boards.  He was president of Grant County Bank from its inception during the Great Depression until 1960.  He was a founding member of the Oregon Wool Growers Association and the Oregon Cattle and Horse Growers Association (which later became the Oregon Cattlemen's Association), for which he served ten years as president.  He received numerous merit and service awards, and life membership in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Ott, Dr. Walther H.

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Walther H. Ott was born and raised on a small dairy farm near Hermiston, Oregon.  The family began commercial White Leghorn egg production in 1928.  Walther came to OSU in 1930 on a Union Pacific 4-H scholarship.  He earned his B.S. in poultry husbandry in 1934 and his M.S. in animal nutrition in 1936.  He earned his Ph.D. in agricultural and biological chemistry at Pennsylvania State University in 1942 and joined the Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research for a career in basic poultry science and developmental animal science research.  He became senior scientist in 1974 and retired in 1976.  Walther was elected president of the Poultry Science Association in 1971 and named fellow in 1977. He was honored by OSU as a Diamond Pioneer in 1993.  He provided funding at OSU for presidential and English scholarships and a professorship in poultry science.  At Penn State, he funded medical technology and poultry science scholarships and a professorship in avian biology.

Philippi, Roy

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Roy Philippi was a successful rancher, the first breeder of purebred Hereford cattle in Gilliam County, an active supporter of 4-H and FFA youth work,  livestock and horse shows, and a member of the original planning group that created the Oregon Wheat League Fat Stock Show.  Roy is considered a pioneer in developing the livestock industry of eastern Oregon.

Potter, E.L. "Dad"

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

E.L. “Dad” Potter, head of the Animal Husbandry Department from 1913-33, helped organize the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and Pacific International Livestock Exposition.  He served as head of the Agricultural Economics Department from 1933-49.  He pioneered improved range and livestock management.  He was a horseman and leader of 4-H horsemanship.

E.L. Potter was teacher, researcher, author, molder of men, and “Dad” to his friends and students.

Reeves, Dr. Jerry

2005 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Jerry Reeves was raised on a sheep and cattle ranch in Douglas County. He obtained his B.S. (1965) and M.S. (1967) from Oregon State’s Department of Animal Science and his Ph.D. (1969) from the University of Nebraska.  He has been on the Animal Science faculty at Washington State University since 1970 and has published 135 research papers while mentoring 35 M.S. and 21 Ph.D. students in the areas of reproductive endocrinology.  His main research efforts have been in the development of a sterilization vaccine for replacement of surgical castration in cattle.  He has received awards from his college for outstanding teaching, research and advising.  He is the first endowed chair in the Department of Animal Sciences at WSU as the Baxter Endowed Chair, and in 2001 presented the Distinguished Faculty Address at Washington State University.

Rice, A.B.

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

A.B. Rice was a commercial sheep rancher in Douglas County.  He was a member and past president of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association, director of the American Sheep Growers Council for Oregon and Washington, and chairman of the Predator Committee for the Oregon Sheep Commission.  He was chairman of Oregonians for Wildlife Conservation, a group dedicated to retaining the use of the leg-hold trap in Oregon, and of the Douglas County ASC Committee.  He was past president of the Douglas County Livestock Association, past manager of the Douglas County Wool Pool, and past member of the Sheep Advisory Council.

Richards, D.E.

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

D.E. “Dick” Richards was a friend of all stockmen.  He was first president of the original Withycombe Club.  Dick served as extension livestock specialist, superintendent of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Station, and manager of Ox-Bow Ranch.  He was also manager of the Pacific International Livestock Exposition and a booster of all youth livestock activities.

Riddell, Eldon

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Eldon Riddell was a third generation Willamette Valley sheep producer.  His father was an original importer of the Romney breed.  At the time of Eldon's death in 1985, his Romney, Border Leicester, and Suffolk flocks were some of the best known in North America.  He regularly imported Romney and Border Leicester rams from New Zealand and his Border X Romney rams were sought after by commercial producers throughout western Oregon.  Eldon's son, David, is carrying on the tradition of breeding productive rams for Oregon's commercial flocks.

Scharff, John

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

John Scharff was retired manager of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  John served as assistant supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service, pioneering methods of fire control, range and game management, and wise resource use.  He was co-author, with E.R. Jackman, of Steens Mountain in Oregon's High Desert Country.  He was a former member of local, state and federal BLM advisory boards, and of the Harney County Stock Growers' Association.

Shelton, Millard

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Millard Shelton spent his lifetime associated with the sheep industry.  Until his retirement, he was a long time shepherd at Oregon State University.  Although he did not have his own sheep operation, Millard for many years was active in sheep shows and sales and an active member of the Oregon Sheep Dog Association.  His special interest was assisting youth in learning about sheep and he was never too busy to share his knowledge and expertise for the benefit of others interested in the sheep industry.

Simantel, Earl E.

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Earl E. Simantel was an outstanding 4-H Club member and 4-H leader.  He is nationally recognized for outstanding achievement as a purebred Yorkshire breeder.  In 1967, he received the Distinguished Service to Yorkshire Association award.  His objective and his practiced philosophy, “only the best is acceptable,” stimulated a drive for excellence in management and breed quality in both youth and adult pork producers.

Skinner, Robert H.

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Bob Skinner of Jordan Valley graduated from OSU in 1941.  He is the 4th generation of the Skinner ranching family.  He was both president (1985-1987) and vice president (1981-1985) of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association; served on the National Cattlemen’s Association board of directors (1983-1987) and their national committees of public lands, agriculture policy, long range planning, and nominating.  He was Oregon representative on the Public Lands Council (1978-1988).  Locally, Bob was president of the Malheur County Cattlemen’s Association (1977-1978) and served on the Vale district BLM advisory board and Multiple Use Council.  He was also on the Oregon State BLM Multiple Use Council.  Bob received four service awards from the BLM; the Malheur County Education service award in 1986; and was inducted into OSU’s Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1988.  He was honored as Voice of the Cattle Industry by the agriculture committee, Portland Chamber of Commerce, in 1988.  He received a Special Honor award from the Oregon Chapter, Soil and Water Conservation Service, in 1989.  In 1992, Bob received the Individual Contribution to the Agricultural Industry award from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and was named Oregon Agriculturalist of the Year by the Agri-Business Council of Oregon.  He was inducted into the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Diamond Pioneer Registry in 1995.

Smith, Joe

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Joe Smith was a progressive breeder of Angus cattle through herd improvement programs.  He improved low productive lands.  He was president of both the Oregon and Western States Angus Associations, and active in YMCA and youth development.  Joe was an industrialist.  He was a member of the Oregon Game Commission, and chairman of the Oregon Development Committee.

Straus, Dalton

2005 Distinguished Service Award

Dalton Straus was born in Medford and raised on the family dairy and cattle ranch in the small community of Sams Valley, Oregon.  He enlisted in the Army at the start of the Korean War and spent three years in active duty.  During this time, he met and married his lifelong partner, Ruth, at Fort Hood, Texas.  After the war, Dalton and Ruth returned to the family ranch, where they raised two children, and embarked on a lifelong career in agriculture.  After the family dairy ranch was sold in 1964, Dalton joined in partnership with his father and expanded their beef operation, which eventually resulted in a retained ownership program through to the packer.  He and Ruth continued the partnership after his father’s death.  Dalton answered the call for public and industry service.  He served on numerous industry and community boards and commissions at the local, state and national levels, while continuing his military service through the Army Reserve, from which he retired in 1982 with the rank of Colonel.  Dalton has been a strong advocate of OSU animal husbandry and range programs throughout his life, and has served on numerous OSU Extension and Experiment Station advisory boards.

Thomas, Bob

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Bob Thomas began his cattle industry career as a herdsman for the J.C. Penney Company in Missouri.  He moved to Sauvie Island with his wife and started an Angus herd there.  Later Bob and family moved to Baker City where they started Thomas Angus Ranch, which has become recognized as a premier Angus breeding ranch.  The ranch was honored as the Beef Improvement Federation Seedstock Producer of the Year.  Thomas Angus Ranch is the largest purebred Angus producer in Oregon and the 6th largest Angus producer in the U.S.  Bob is Baker County Livestock Association past-president, and former director of the American Angus Association. His son, Rob, is currently on the board of directors of the American Angus Association.  Bob was honored as a Diamond Pioneer in 1998.

Thomas, John

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

At 13 years of age, John Thomas picked strawberries to buy his first Jersey heifer.  He operated a Jersey dairy in Tigard for 40 years, and was instrumental in the Washington County Jersey Heifer Sale, serving as chairman for 25 years.  John was board member of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission and a member of the Washington County Fair Board.

Warnock, Dan

Charter Member, Distinguished Alumnus

Dan Warnock grew up in Northeast Oregon and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1953.  He has been very active in the cattle industry, the community, and with the university.  He has been treasurer for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, regional vice president for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, an E.R. Jackman board member, and Baker County Livestock Association past-president.  Dan was a livestock extension agent and served as a loan officer for First Interstate Bank.  He is a charter member of Oregon Country Beef.  He received the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Western Regional Land Steward award.

Wilson, Jack

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Jack Wilson is a fourth generation Union County rancher.  He was born to James A. and Margaret Wilson in Baker City.  He married Meredith Goodrich Wilson and they have four children.  Jack was financial backer for son, John, and nephew, Jim, in the formation of Beef Northwest Feeders in 1991.  He has been on the board of directors/advisors for First Interstate Bank, the Oregon Historical Society, and the Oregon Beef Council.  He is currently on the board of directors/advisors for the Oregon Community Foundation, Willamette University Foundation, Leo Adler Foundation, and Supreme Cork Company.

Wilson, James

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

James B. Wilson is a fourth generation cattle rancher and feedlot operator in eastern Oregon and Washington.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.  He attended Oregon State College from 1946-1950, graduating with a B.S. degree in agricultural economics.  In 1950, he married Jean Graffenberger (OSC ’50).  In 1952, he formed a partnership, J.A. Wilson and Sons, with his brother, Jack, and his father, J.A. Wilson (OAC ’15), a charter member of the original Withycombe Club.  He and Jack later formed Wilson Cattle Company, which became one of the largest stocker and feeder operations in the Pacific Northwest.  James spent many years on local and county school boards, was an active member in the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, was on the Union County Soil Conservation Board, and was instrumental in forming Powder Valley Water Control District, building a series of dams.  He sold his interest in Wilson Cattle Company in 1987 to the fifth generation in the family business, his son, Jim (OSU ’80), and nephew, John Wilson.  He still feeds cattle with their company, Beef Northwest.

Wolberg, Floyd

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Floyd B. Wolberg was a longtime faculty member of the Department of Animal Science, OSU, which he joined in 1945.  He was a friend and counselor of dairy students, to whom he was affectionately known as “Prof.”  Floyd served the dairy industry as a  teacher of practical dairying, as a researcher into improved methods of breeding and artificial insemination, as an author of both scientific and popular articles and as a frequent speaker to industry groups.

Wolfe, Bill

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Bill Wolfe was an outstanding producer and exhibitor of Polled Hereford cattle.  He was active in the Polled Hereford Association at the national and regional levels.  Bill was selected Wallowa County Cattleman of the Year in 1960.  He was a member of the board of trustees of the Pacific International Livestock Exposition and Eastern Oregon College.  He was a strong supporter of youth activities.

Wolfe, Bryan

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Bryan Wolfe grew up in Wallowa County on a family ranch,graduatingfrom OSU with a degree in agricultural economics in 1966. Bryan and his family started their own farming and ranching business in Hermiston, which they continue to operate today. Bryan is a civic leader who is active in many areas. He was honored as Man of the Year by the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and has been inducted into OSU's Agricultural Hall of Fame. He served as president of OSU’s Agricultural Engineering Foundation and president of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Bryan has served on the State Board of Forestry and as an officer in the Oregon Cattlemen's Association.

Wyss, Edward

Charter Member, Distinguished Service

Edward C. Wyss devoted his life to the betterment of Oregon’s agriculture.  He started working with Mayflower Farms in 1934, became manager at their Feed Department in 1939, and finally became general manager in 1960.  He served as vice president of Consolidated Dairy Products, president of Oregon Feed, Seed and Suppliers Association, a member and director of Portland Grain Exchange, member and director of Portland Merchants Exchange, and a member of Portland Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee.