Dr. Raymond Arritt; September 19, 1957 - November 14, 2018

November 19, 2018

The Department of Agronomy is mourning a treasured member of our faculty. Dr. Raymond Arritt has passed away after experiencing a stroke. Dr. Arritt was an integral part of our agricultural meteorology team for 25 years. He was a valued contributor to research, not only within our department but around the world. Dr. Arritt’s research focused on aspects of weather and climate that relate to the land surface and agriculture including crop cover and soil moisture, changes in rainfall extremes over the central U.S. and the long-distance dispersion of pollen.

In addition, Dr. Arritt operated the Iowa Environmental Mesonet, a centralized data collection, storage and dissemination hub for current and historical observations of weather and climate. Students might remember him from their time in Agronomy 206, 406 or graduate level Agronomy 503, 540X and Meteorology 605.  Dr. Arritt’s impact extends to the University of Virginia and Colorado State University where he was a student and the University of Kansas where Dr. Arritt started his tenure as a professor.

A visitation will be held Monday, November 26 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Stevens Memorial Chapel. A memorial service will be held at Stevens Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, November 27 at 10:30 am with a reception to follow at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Arritt will be missed tremendously. Our deepest sympathies to his family and many friends.


Ray's Rules

1. You and your problems are not the most important thing in the world.

2. Choose your battles. Yield when it doesn't matter, and stand your ground when it does.

3. Keep a thick skin. Don't let criticism discourage you. Instead, let it teach you.

4. You learn more from listening than from talking.

"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something." (Wilson Mizner)

5. Don't waste your time arguing with an idiot.

6. Give other people the same respect that you would want from them. (Matthew 7:12)

7. The surest way to drive yourself crazy is to compare yourself to other people.

8. Take the high road, no matter what the other person does. It will benefit you in the long run. (Romans 12:20)

9. Don't take yourself too seriously:

"We share 99% of our genes with  mice, and we even have the genes that could make a tail." (Dr. Jane Rogers, Human Sequencing and Mapping Project Manager, Sanger Institute)

"The graveyards are full of indispensable men." (Charles de Gaulle)

10. The most important thing is to be able to look yourself n the mirror.

"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it's right." (Martin Luther King, Jr.)