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Samuel Herman Graf

Samuel Herman Graf, American consultant engineer. Recipient Award of Merit by American Gas Association, 1959.


  • Graf, Samuel Herman was born on August 4, 1887 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Son of Samuel E. and Frederika Emille (Schlueter) Graf.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Elec. Engineering, Oregon State College, 1907, Electrical Engineer, 1908, Bachelor of Science, Mech. Engineering, 1908, Mechanical Engineering, 1909, Master of Science, Elec.

      Engineering, 1909; Doctor of Science in Engineering, Linfield College, 1959.


    • Began as teacher, and successively instructor and assistant professor mechanic and experimental engineering, Oregon State College, 1908-1912. Head department experimental engineering, 1912-1920, professor, 1914-1954. Professor mechanics and materials, 1920-1934, professor, head department mechanic engineering, 1934-1950, director engineering research 1927-1944.

      Director Engineering Experiment Station, 1944-1954. Consultant; research engineer Portland Gas & Coke Company. Research in safety of appliances, American Gas Association Testing Laboratory, Cleveland.

      Consulting engineer, Willamette Valley Project from 1936.


    • Co-author book
    • editor, Gas Engineers’ Handbook, 1934. Contributor articles to technical journals.


    Member of the board of trustees Linfield Research Institute, from 1955, Linfield College, from 1959. Member State Board Engineering Examiners, 1927-1949 (representing mechanic engineering), president 1939-1949. Member American Society Mech.

    Engineers (past chairman Oregon section, manager 1934-1946, vice president Region VII, 1949-1953), American Society for Testing and Materials (vice president Northwest district 1961-1964). Mason (32 degree, Shriner). Clubs: Triad, Corvallis Engineers (past president).


    • Married Blanche Ann Edlefsen, August 24, 1920 (deceased).; married second, Violet Fliess, December 5, 1952. Children: Thomas Rexford, Ralf Stefan, Therese Ann, Samuel Edlefsen.
    • father: Samuel E. Graf
    • mother: Frederika Emille (Schlueter) Graf
    • spouses: Blanche Ann Edlefsen
    • Violet Fliess
    • children: Thomas Rexford Graf
    • Ralf Stefan Graf
    • Therese Ann Graf
    • Samuel Edlefsen Graf
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    Born August 4, 1887