There was never a question about whether or not Dick Oldfield would attend Oregon State, but his mother and father did have a bet going.
“They didn’t tell me that until after I decided,” Oldfield says.
Dick’s father, James, was an esteemed animal nutrition scientist in the School of Veterinary Medicine who studied and researched degenerative diseases in animals and served as head of the animal sciences. The 92-year-old still lives in Corvallis.
But that isn’t the only thing that makes Dick Oldfield hop in his car and hit the road from Portland to Corvallis just about every month of the year.
An Oregon State Legacy
Dick, a Footwear Leader at Nike, has two children: Alex, a senior studying economics and marketing and Emily, a junior studying fashion merchandizing.
While the siblings say they never felt pressure to attend Oregon State, attending college at Oregon State felt like coming home. The younger Oldfields have been visiting their grandparents and attending Beaver sports events in Corvallis their whole lives.
“I feel really blessed that they both wanted to go to Oregon State,” Dick Oldfield says.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Oldfield family. Dick was also a business and marketing major as well as a student athlete running track and cross country for the Beavers.
The Nike Connection
The 1984 graduate married Karen, also an Oregon State graduate, in 1985, shortly after being hired at Nike.
“Working at Nike was my dream job,” he says. “I got my foot in the door 27 years ago, and I’ve moved around quite a bit within the company.”
Oldfield’s background in sports combined with a strong Oregon State education prepared him perfectly to lead a team that makes football, baseball and lacrosse footwear.
His job has allowed him not only to spend time with world-class athletes, but more importantly to Oldfield, it’s allowed him to grow even closer to his alma mater.
“It helps me create a strong tie with Oregon State by being able to work with the football team and the baseball team to provide the best gear to help them reach their dreams,” he says.
Dad’s Weekend 2013
This year Dad’s Weekend offers a host of activities, but for the Oldfields it is all about pancakes and football.
Emily serves as philanthropy chair for her sorority, Delta Delta Delta, which sponsors the annual pancake breakfast in the Memorial Union Ballroom on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The family will also attend the football game together. They admit to being a little obsessive and superstitious about the Beavers.
“If we’re watching an away game on TV together at home, we have to sit in our certain spots,” Alex laughs. “And at home games, if somebody goes to the bathroom when we score, they have to stay in the bathroom.”
“Not for the whole time,” Emily says, correcting her brother. “If we haven’t scored in awhile, we just say, ‘Maybe you should go back to the bathroom again.’”
But no matter the score of the game, Dick says he will be loving every minute of spending time with his family at his alma mater.
“I had a great experience at Oregon State,” Oldfield says. “The school was thriving in the 80s, but nothing like it is today. Oregon State is an amazing place.”