Ray Arritt

Raymond Arritt, professor of agronomy, started at Iowa State as an associate professor in 1993, and served as professor since 2000. A memorial service for Arritt will be at Stevens Memorial Chapel at 10:30 a.m on Nov.27, with a reception following at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Raymond Arritt, professor of agronomy at Iowa State, died Wednesday after experiencing a stroke last week.

On Nov. 26, a visitation will be held at Stevens Memorial Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m. On Nov. 27, a memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. at Stevens Memorial Chapel. A reception will follow the memorial service at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Arritt started as an associate professor at Iowa State in 1993 after serving as a research associate at Colorado State and as an assistant professor at the University of Kansas. Arritt was promoted to professor at Iowa State in 2000.

“Dr. Arritt was an integral part of our agricultural meteorology team for 25 years,” according to a press release from the department of agronomy. “He was a valued contributor to research, not only within our department, but around the world.”

Arritt also operated the Iowa Environmental Mesonet, which is a centralized data collection of weather and climate data.

Arritt taught a variety of courses at Iowa State, including Agronomy 206 and 406, in addition to a number of graduate courses.

Arritt was born and grew up in Virginia. He earned both his bachelors of science and masters degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia.

He then earned his doctorate in atmospheric sciences from Colorado State in 1985.

“Dr. Arritt will be missed tremendously,” according to the release. “Our deepest sympathies to his family and many friends.”

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