Author William Kittredge Honored as 2007 Diamond Pioneer

October 19, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - William Kittredge, of Missoula, Montana is one of 38 men and women to be honored as 2007 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

The Oregon native is among those honored at a luncheon Wednesday, October 17 in the OSU alumni center on the Corvallis campus. Dean of Agriculture Thayne Dutson added the 2007 class to the college’s Diamond pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry.

The registry, now in its 24th year, was started when the college observed its 75th anniversary as a way to celebrate the achievements of those 74 and older in agriculture and related fields and in their communities. Kittredge was nominated by the OSU animal sciences department.

Kittredge was raised on the MC ranch in Warner Valley in eastern Oregon. The ranch was owned by his grandfather, William “Bill” Kittredge. The younger Kittredge returned to manage the ranch after graduating from OSU and service in the Air Force.

After the ranch was sold in 1967, Kittredge enrolled in creative writing classes at the University of Oregon and then attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. While teaching writing classes at the University of Montana for 30 years, Kittredge wrote numerous essays, magazine articles and award-winning books, such as “Hole in the Sky.”

Others to be honored as 2007 Diamond Pioneers are Thomas Allen, Jr., Larry Boersma, Kenton Chambers, Robert L. Stebbins, Benno Warkentin, J. Lowell Young and Tom Zinn, all of Corvallis; Don Bennett and Doug Bennett, Echo; Henry Turk, Grants Pass; John Leffel, Hillsboro.

W. L. Andersen, Independence; Doug and Janie Tippett, Joseph; Cleve and Ellie Dumdi, Junction City; Frank King and Eddie Meeker, Klamath Falls; Arleigh Isley, LaGrande; Louise Grothe and Neil (C.J.) Taylor, Lakeview; Don Denman, Medford; Everett Seagoe, Merlin; James D. Wilson, Monmouth.

Tom Uriu, Ontario; Thomas Bedell and Gerne Newcomb, Philomath; William and Donna McCormack, Prineville; Robert Huckfeldt, Redmond; Betty Jo Smith, Shedd; Lawrence Fisher, Sublimity; Art and Marjorie Van Gilder, Wasco; Bill Bennett, Connell, Washington; Fred Hagelstein, Vancouver, Washington; and Ellington Peek, Cottonwood, California.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Austin