In Memoriam: Lee Kolmer, Former Dean of Agriculture
Former Dean of Agriculture Lee Kolmer died Jan. 18 at Kavanaugh Hospice in Des Moines from congestive heart failure. He was 82. Kolmer ('52 MS ag economics, '54 PhD) began his tenure as dean in 1972 and led the college through the farm crisis of the 1980s. Kolmer served Iowa State for most of his career. First as an Extension economist, then as Extension's state leader for agricultural and economic development, then as assistant dean of University Extension. His 14-year tenure as dean is especially remembered for his focus on increasing financial investment in agricultural research, expanding the college's international efforts and securing funds for scholarships and several college facilities. Kolmer was features in the Spring 2008 issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences. To read the story visit www.ag.iastate.edu/stories.