Inspired and Inspiring

OSU's philanthropic community exemplifies the spirit of Beaver Nation. Whether they are alumni, parents, faculty, corporate partners, or other friends of the university, they have a passion for making positive change. They can see a path to solving problems, and they clear the way. Meet some in these stories.

Daniel and Margaret Porth are active people, not content to just sit on the sidelines. So when the opportunity came, these proud parents of an Honors College student joined the college's inaugural Parent Leadership Circle.
In the 1940s, when Richard Hatchard was studying civil engineering at Oregon State, smog obscured Portlanders’ view of Mount Hood two-thirds of the time. We have Richard to thank for helping to clear the air.
Dachshunds are little dogs with big personalities. And tiny as she was, a rescue dog named Maude created a big legacy at OSU – one that lives on through an endowed scholarship for veterinary medicine students with interest in shelter medicine.
An elementary education degree from OSU led Betty Hutchinson Flad ’67 to a fulfilling teaching career in the Beaverton School District. Now she’s investing in future generations of teachers.
Fifty years ago Mike Haggard helped Beaver football make history. The walk-on player turned Giant Killer is making another giant contribution to Oregon State through his estate.
“If the hazelnut industry is going to thrive here in Oregon, we have to think ahead. That’s where OSU is critical. Oregon State has the agricultural college. Simply, they’re the best at what Linda and I want to see done.”
Orchard View Farms has been in the family of Bob and Barbara Bailey for four generations. To ensure that OSU always produces research vital to cherry and pear growers, they are creating an endowment through a generous gift in the form of a retained life estate.
In the mid-1970s Bruce Mate was an OSU marine extension agent with a brilliant idea but no research funding. Luckily, he had an extraordinary partner: his wife, Mary Lou. Flash forward 40-some years and learn how the Marine Mammal Institute grew from this humble beginning – and how the couple’s planned bequest will help it continue to advance.
Students like Michael Hobernicht will benefit for many years to come through the scholarship created by Mike ’64, ’67, and Mary ’68 Inoue. Their gift of a rental house to the OSU Foundation funds a charitable remainder trust that pays the couple retirement income for life, and ultimately will help students thrive.