A. B. Cordley joined the faculty of Oregon Agricultural College in 1895 as Professor of Zoology and Entomology. He became the first Dean of the School of Agriculture in 1908, a position he held until his retirement in 1931. Cordley worked as an entomologist at Michigan Agricultural College, the Vermont Experiment Station, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture before moving to Oregon. A native of Michigan, Cordley earned his BS degree at Michigan Agricultural College.
Ralph Dorn Hetzel was a professor of English and Political Science before serving as the Director of the Extension Division. Hetzel spent 12 years as a faculty member at Oregon State College. He later served as president of the University of New Hampshire (1916-1926) and Penn State University (1926-1947).
John Withycombe was a 1901 graduate of OAC and became a wheat rancher in eastern Oregon. James Withycombe, Experiment Station Director from 1908-1914 and Governor of Oregon from 1915-1919, was his uncle.
Linus Carl Pauling (1901-1994) graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1922 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. A giant of twentieth century science and a peace activist of international consequence, Pauling is Oregon State's most famous alumnus. He remains history's only recipient of two unshared Nobel Prizes (Chemistry, 1954; Peace, 1962).