WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — As the 2019 Purdue University school year gets underway, the campus is mourning the loss of agricultural professor Wallace “Wally” Tyner, who passed suddenly Aug. 17. He was 74.
Tyner was part of the Purdue agricultural economics department for more than 40 years and served as the department head for more than a decade.
“Wally had a large and profound impact on the department,” said Jayson Lusk, who is the agricultural economics department head at Purdue, adding that Tyner also had a huge impact on the agricultural industry, as well.
Lusk said Tyner dedicated his life to research in energy, climate policy and trade.
“He was very involved in policy issues related to biofuel and ethanol. He looked at the impact ethanol had on land use and farm incomes,” Lusk said.
Lusk said that individuals, not just those at Purdue, relied on his advice.
“Through his work and awards he won one could feel how much he was doing. He was very passionate about doing research that made a difference for farmers and the people in Indiana,” Lusk said.
Lusk said that while Tyner’s major focus was on agricultural economics, his research allowed him to work with departments all over the university including engineering, agronomy and climate and weather.
Lusk said Tyner will be greatly missed on campus and in the agricultural industry.
“He was passionate about doing work that mattered,” Lusk said.