Oregon State University - Beaver Yearbook (Corvallis, OR)

 - Class of 1908

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A Veteran in the Service Hu PROF. FREDERICK BERCHTOLD 21 GREAT many of America’s best men, probably the overwhelming majority, have come from the farms of this broad land of ours. Inured to serious work from youth up, having had to help wring an often scanty living from a not too bounteous soil, these hardy sons of toil, in any avenue of life in which fortune later may place them, usually force their way to the front by dint of seemingly never-tiring exertion, and by assiduous attention to duty in all its details. Men of that stamp and character are not indigenous to any one section or state of our great Union; they make their abode wherever opportunity beckons, boldly severing their home ties, if necessary, to go to distant parts to find a new home under a new sky. Among this group of dauntless, enterprising men in this new Northwest of ours, a conspicuous figure is Thomas M. Gatch, the present President of the Oregon Agricultural College. lie was born at Milford, Clermont County, Ohio, January 28, 1833, where he spent his youthful days on the extensive home farm. In due time he graduated from the Milford high school and entered Ohio Wesleyan University, from which institution he graduated in 1855, with the degree A. B., to which he added A. M. in 1858. Almost immediately after earning his second degree, we find him in California, where he fills the chair of Mathematics and Natural Sciences in the University of the Pacific, at Santa Clara. A year or two later, Professor Gatch established a literary institute at Olympia, Washington, but was soon called to the chair of Greek and Latin at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, in which institution he presently advanced to the executive position. This he held until 1865, when he became principal of the public schools of Santa Cruz, California. The Northwest, however, had charms he could not resist, and we find him next installed as principal of Portland Academy. Here he was not permitted to remain long, for the call from Salem was



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again so loud and insistent that he yielded and became the pioneer University’s President for the second time. Here he remained until 1879, when the University of Oregon, recognizing President Gatch’s rare gifts, called him to occupy the chair of Literature. Later he removed to The Dalles, Oregon, as principal of Wasco Academy, from which place he was called to accept the presidency of the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1897 the Board of Regents of the Oregon Agricultural College extended a call to President Gatch to guide the destinies of this institution. With what success the arduous task has been done for these ten years, is known to all. The growth of the College during that period has been unprecedented, the surest testimony of the ability, tact, and popularity of the man at the helm. Of late the venerable educator who, by the way, is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and also a Past Grand Master in the Oregon jurisdiction of the Order of Odd Fellows, has expressed a desire to be relieved of his arduous duties as executive by reason of advancing age. While the Regents have recently granted this request and relieved him of the exacting duties of President, it will please his friends to learn that Doctor Gatch has consented to his retention on the teaching staff, as head of the department of Political Science. In recognition of this almost unparalleled record of a half century of faithful, loving, successful work, the governing board of The Carnegie Foundation has, a short time ago, voted the Doctor the sum of $1,000 per annum. To this, of course, conditions attach. But whether he accepts them or not, it is safe to say, that as long as health permits, strength lasts and faculties remain unimpaired, he will be found battling for intellectual progress and enlightenment and continue to be the stout, tireless, aggressive champion of mental and moral development for which this Western country of ours has known him for well-nigh two generations.

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