Duane P. Johnson began his career as the Extension Agent for Multnomah County in 1959. While stationed in Multnomah County, he was primarily responsible for the 4-H activities and did some work with livestock and agriculture. Johnson worked with a variety of programs that reached the diverse interests of Multnomah County to draw in the youth participation in 4-H. After returning from graduate school in 1970, Johnson came to work at OSU's Corvallis campus as a Specialist with the Animal Science and Horticulture programs. As the 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Johnson had a strong focus on educational materials, ensuring that that the activities he worked with were the best for the program. In 1980, Johnson accepted the position of Assistant Director for the State 4-H program, where he assisted in the administration of many programs, such as the 4-H Community Pride/Community Service project and the 4-H Ambassador Program. He was promoted to Acting Program Leader in 1982 and to the State 4-H Leader in 1983. Johnson remained at this position until 1990, when he returned to working as a Specialist. Johnson retired in 2000 with 41 years of experience in the Oregon Extension Service and an Emeritus appointment.
W. Dean Frischknecht was hired by the Oregon Extension Service in 1956 as a Livestock Specialist. One of his primary responsibilities was working with the livestock industry of Oregon, focusing on beef cattle improvement. Due to his experience and knowledge, he represented many livestock related associations and committees, such as the Western Livestock Committee, Beef Improvement Federation, Oregon Cattlemen's Beef Improvement Committee, and 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee. He worked for the Extension Service until he retired in 1985.
Owen D. Osborne began his career as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oregon State University in 1971. While his primary responsibility was instruction for both graduates and undergraduates, Osborne became involved in a number of research programs. During this time, Osborne began working for Office of Energy Research and Development to combat the oil crisis of the mid-1970s. Osborne's work with the federal and state legislatures helped start the Energy Extension program in Oregon. In 1977, Osborne started working on the newly established Energy Extension program part-time as an Information Coordinator, and was full-time by 1978. He also worked on a variety of other projects throughout the state with a number of agencies during this period, including the Eugene Water and Electric Board. Osborne left Oregon State University in 1982 to take a job as the Director of the Engineering Extension Service at Iowa State University, which was a unique branch of the Extension Service. He returned to Oregon State University in 1990 to take the job of Associate Director of Programs. Osborne began a phased-retirement in 1998, which he completed shortly thereafter with an emeritus appointment.
Leonard J. Calvert was first appointed as the Information Specialist for the Extension Service in 1961. Among his duties was writing news releases on a variety of Extension Service programs. In 1965, Calvert went to the University of Oregon to work for its Economic Opportunity Program, whose aim was fighting poverty. In 1969, he returned to the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Harold E. Kerr began working for the Extension Service in Crook County as a County Extension Agent in 1960, working primarily with the 4-H program. While stationed in Crook County, Kerr was responsible for the weed control program, a Saturday radio talk show, and oversaw preparations for different 4-H events. He held this position until 1967, when he took a sabbatical to further his education. After returning from graduate school in 1969, Kerr worked in Morrow County as the Wheat Agent, Agronomist, and Staff Chair. In 1980 he was transferred to Wasco County in 1980, and in 1982, he relocated to the OSU main campus in Corvallis, Oregon, to assume the position of Associate Director for Extension Services. In 1990, Kerr retired and was given an Emeritus appointment. Tom Zinn / Thomas G. Zinn began his career with the Extension Service in 1962 as a County Extension Agent for Columbia County. In 1965, he was transferred to Gilliam County. From 1970 to 1975, Zinn took a leave of absence in order to serve as a Wheat Specialist in Ankara, Turkey, as a part of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) team that was assisting with the improvement of Turkish wheat crop yields. Continuing his leave after returning to America, Zinn earned a Master's degree in Cereal Production. Upon returning to the Extension Service, Zinn was relocated to Wasco County and served as the Extension Agent focusing on livestock and crops. In 1980, Zinn moved to Corvallis, Oregon to become a Supervisor within the Extension Service. During a reorganization of the Extension Service in 1982, Zinn was made an Associate Director. In 1993, Zinn retired from the Extension Service with an Emeritus appointment.