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.