Vancouver resident honored as 2007 OSU Diamond Pioneer

October 19, 2007

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Fred Hagelstein, who now lives in Vancouver, spent his career on the south side of the Columbia River as a county agent and administrator with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

This week, Hagelstein and 37 other men and women were honored by 2007 Diamond Pioneers by the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences at a luncheon hosted by Dean of Agriculture Thayne Dutson on the Corvallis campus.

The Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry began 24 years ago as a way to honor accomplishments in agriculture and related fields and in their communities by those 74 and older.

Hagelstein graduated from OSU in 1951, the same year he began work as an Extension agent in Umatilla County. After service in the military, he operated his own farm in the Yakima Valley for a short time before rejoining the OSU Extension Service as a county agent in Baker County on the Oregon-Idaho border.

He later served as a county agent in Malheur and Coos counties before returning to Umatilla County in 1968 as county agent and staff chair. He remained in Pendleton after he became an Extension area supervisor in 1970.

In 1975, he was named assistant director for agricultural programs and moved to the OSU campus in Corvallis. As assistant director, he coordinated activities of 40 Extension specialists in 13 academic departments and 70 county Extension agents in 36 county offices. He retired from that position in 1983.

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 Gene 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; Ellington Peek, Cottonwood, California; and William Kittredge, Missoula, Montana.

Author: Len Calvert
Source: Loretta Austin