OSU College of Ag Sciences honors Boise man

October 14, 2005

CORVALLIS - Charles E. Stanger, Jr., of Boise, Idaho is one of 32 men and women to be honored as 2005 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

Stanger and the others will be formally added to the college’s Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry Thursday, Oct. 20, at a luncheon hosted by Dean Thayne Dutson. The registry began 22 years ago when the college celebrated its 75th anniversary. The registry honors achievements of those 75 years of age and older.

Stanger started his career in weed control research at the Malheur Experiment Station at Ontario in 1974. His work focused on weed control in sugar beets, onions and peppermint.

Following his retirement, Stanger and his wife, Vinette, accepted a humanitarian mission call from their church to Laos. With the Laotian government, he established a plant quarantine station on the border with Thailand to protect and facilitate agricultural trade between the two nations. His wife taught English to Laotian business people.

Before accepting the position with OSU, Stanger worked for a time as a field man for Amalgamated Sugar Co. in the Burley area and with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. After earning his doctorate in weed science from OSU, and before starting work in Ontario, he worked in the sugar beet industry in Arizona. Oris Rudd, Malheur County Extension agent emeritus nominated Stanger to be a 2005 Diamond Pioneer.

Others to be honored include Helen Hays and Edwin Rohner, Albany; Dan Warnock, Baker City; John Rosebrook, Beavercreek; Virgil Montecucco, Canby; Dalton Straus, Central Point; Emmett Pryor, Condon; Earl Bates, David Chilcote, JoAnn Hathaway, Richard Morita, and Clarence Venell, Corvallis; Ken Wulff, Enterprise; Duane Hatch, Eugene; Martha Jane Spratling, Haines; W. Arden Sheets and Connie Sheets, Hillsboro; Mack Birkmaier, Joseph; Donald Sands, La Grande; Glen Christensen, McMinnville; Porter Lombard, Medford; Murray Fretz, Mosier; Mathias Kolding, Pendleton; William Domes, Rickreall; Kenneth Bare and LaBrie Ritchie, Roseburg; Bill Dolan, St. Paul; Genevieve Lindsay and R. Grant Lindsay, Shedd; Paul Dickman, Silverton; and William Sandine, Temecula, CA.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Austin