Oral history interview with Doug G. Houser

Oral history interview with Doug G. Houser [Transcript] Oral history interview with Doug G. Houser [Sound recording 01]

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SR 3700

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Oral history interview with Doug G. Houser


  • 2021-07-26 (Creation)


120 megabytes; 1 audio file (MP3, 1 hr., 57 min., 53 sec.) + transcript (45 pages)

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Douglas Guy Houser was born in Oregon City, Oregon, in 1935. In 1957, he earned a bachelor's degree from Willamette University, and in 1960, he earned a law degree from Stanford University and passed the Oregon State Bar. The next year, he and Lucy Anne Latham were married; they later had three children. From 1960 to 2021, he was a lawyer with the Bullivant firm in Portland, which became Bullivant Houser during his time there. He also served as general counsel, and later as a board member, for Nike, Inc.

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This oral history interview with Doug G. Houser was conducted by Kerry Tymchuk on July 26, 2021, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Research Library's oral history program. A transcript of the interview is available.

In this interview, Houser discusses his family background and early life in Oregon City, Oregon, particularly his relationship with his cousin, Phil Knight. He talks about his experience as a child with a speech impediment, about his early education, and about his decision to pursue a law career. He discusses his experience at Willamette University, including working as a page for the Oregon Legislature during his sophomore year, and having Mark Hatfield as an advisor. He then briefly talks about studying law at Stanford University. He speaks about his marriage to Lucy Anne Latham and describes their courtship. He also briefly talks about his service in the U.S. Army. He discusses his career with the Bullivant law firm in Portland. He describes cases he worked on, talks about lawyers he worked with, and discusses serving as a pro-tem judge for a summer in the 1960s. He speaks at length about his work as a lawyer, and later a board member, for Nike, Inc.

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Copyright for this interview is held by the Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: Creative Commons - BY-NC-SA, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

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  • English

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RL2022-150, October 2022.

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Doug G. Houser, by Kerry Tymchuk, SR 3700, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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