James B. Wilson is a fourth generation cattle rancher and feedlot operator in eastern Oregon and Washington. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He attended Oregon State College from 1946-1950, graduating with a B.S. degree in agricultural economics. In 1950, he married Jean Graffenberger (OSC ’50). In 1952, he formed a partnership, J.A. Wilson and Sons, with his brother, Jack, and his father, J.A. Wilson (OAC ’15), a charter member of the original Withycombe Club. He and Jack later formed Wilson Cattle Company, which became one of the largest stocker and feeder operations in the Pacific Northwest. James spent many years on local and county school boards, was an active member in the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, was on the Union County Soil Conservation Board, and was instrumental in forming Powder Valley Water Control District, building a series of dams. He sold his interest in Wilson Cattle Company in 1987 to the fifth generation in the family business, his son, Jim (OSU ’80), and nephew, John Wilson. He still feeds cattle with their company, Beef Northwest.