These materials were generated by Roy A.
Young as a faculty member and administrator at Oregon State University
(1948-1976 and 1986-1990), the University of Nebraska (1976-1980), and Cornell
Funding for encoding this
finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for
Young served as a faculty member and administrator at Oregon State
University (1948-1976 and 1986-1990), the University of Nebraska (1976-1980),
and Cornell University (1980-1986).
Roy Alton Young was born 1 March 1921 in McAlister, New Mexico. He
obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Eastern New Mexico Junior College in
1939, a B.S. in Biology from New Mexico State University in 1941, and an M.S.
in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University in 1942. Following military
service in the U.S. Navy (1943-1946), he returned to Iowa State University and
completed requirements for the Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 1948.
Young came to Oregon State University in 1948 as an Assistant Professor
of Plant Pathology. He taught graduate courses on bacterial diseases of plants
and plant disease control. Principal research efforts were on diseases of
ornamentals and potatoes with emphasis on soil borne diseases and on fungicide
research. He served as Head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology
from 1958 until 1966, when he was appointed Dean of Research with campus-wide
responsibility for research coordination.
Young served as Acting President of Oregon State University from June
1969 until July 1970 and subsequently as the Vice President for Research and
Graduate Studies from 1970 to 1976. In 1976, he accepted appointment as
Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and then in 1980 as
Managing Director/President of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
at Cornell University. He retired in 1986 and returned to OSU, where he served
as part-time Director of the Office for Natural Resources Policy until
Young was active in the American Phytopathological Society and serves on
several national councils, advisory panels, and the boards of directors of
several private and public organizations. He married Marilyn Sandman in 1950
and they have 2 children, Janet E. and Randall Owen.
Includes personal files created by Young in his capacity as a faculty
member and administrator at OSU, and as an administrator at the University of
Nebraska and Cornell University. Contains correspondence files, research
project files, reports, reference files, professional organizations files,
publications, clippings, and photographs.
Use of the Collection
Preferred Citation :
Roy A. Young Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis,
Organized into 9 series: 1. Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology; 2.
Dean of Research; 3. Acting President; 4. Vice President for Research &
Graduate Studies; 5. Chancellor, University of Nebraska; 6. Professional
Organizations & Activities; 7. Publications; 8. Talks and Trip Summaries;
9. Photographs. Each series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Custodial History :
Papers were donated by Roy A. Young in August 1990.
Related Materials :
University records pertaining to Young's administrative positions at OSU
can be found in the Botany & Plant Pathology Department Records (RG 54);
Vice Provost for Research & International Programs Records (RG 170); and
the President's Office Records (RG 13). The Research Office Records (RG 170)
contain materials of the Governor's Science Council from the years that Young
was a member.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series I: Department of Botany and Plant
Pathology Files, 1952-1968
Summary of research
activities for the Legislative Interim Committee on Agriculture, 1960
Review by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, 1958
salaries, 1956 and 1959
bylaws, and minutes, 1953-1964
Ad Hoc Committee on
Reorganization of the Faculty Senate, 1963
Committee to Study
Employment Practices and Stipends, 1952-1957
School of Science
Graduate Committee - tax withholding, 1960-1961
Carbide and Carbon
" The Evaluation of the
Fungicidal and Nematicidal Activity of New Chemicals and their Effectiveness in
Disease Control" , 1954-1958
Merck & Co.,
National Institutes of
" Acquisition of
Laboratory Bench Facilities" , 1961-1962
" Fungitoxic Residues in
Soil, Water and Plants" , 1961-1964
Program Development Awards, 1963
Division, U.S. Rubber Company, 1953-1955
Chas. Pfizer and Company,
" The Effects of Vapam on the
Soil Microflora in Relation to Control of Vicillium-Induced
Diseases" , 1956-1958
United States Army
" Epidemiology of Wheat
Stripe Rust" , 1964
Research inquiries and
articles, potato diseases, 1954-1961
National Science Foundation
Science Development Program
" The Science Development
Program of Oregon State University" , proposal submitted to the National
Science Foundation (continued in series II.), January 1965
OSU's School of Science,
Stater" , November 1962