WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue Agriculture Economists Professor Wallace Tyner, otherwise known as "Wally", died this past Saturday after a brief illness.
"It will be virtually impossible for a place like Purdue to replace a Wally Tyner; he’s one of a kind," said his Lafayette Urban Ministry Executive Director, Joe Micon.
Wally Tyner joined the Purdue Boilermakers in 1977, and from 1989 to 2002. He served as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics. Micon, who was a close friend to Wally, said that he was shocked to hear of his passing.
"Just the expertise and the knowledge that Wally was able to impart - the fact that he was engaged and a good friend in my mind leaves a big hole, and in my heart leaves a big hole," said Micon.
Former Purdue University President, Martin Jischke, says he was not only a terrific researcher, but his work in the classroom was just as comparable.
"He was [an] exemplary faculty member, a fabulous classroom teacher, a prolific researcher, and someone whoʼs research and teaching skills were not only visited on the students here at Purdue but on the broader public who had an interest of climate issues and energy issues," stated Jischke.
“And on top of all his technical side of work, he was a quite distinguished agricultural economist. Over three hundred and fifty papers published, millions of dollars of support. He was just an absolute wonderful human being,” said Jischke.
Micon says he remembers always being able to count on Tyner for information about economics or general advice.
"Whenever Wally spoke it tended to have a national impact, and whenever Wally spoke, it always looked good for Purdue University and you just can’t replace somebody like that," stated Micon.
Tyner earned the confidence of many trusted leaders from the White House and the U.S. Congress.
"For example, Senator Lugar relied heavily on Professor Tyner for his research findings, I was deeply saddened, I enjoyed him so much," stated Jischke.
Tyner spent his last few years at Purdue, focusing on renewable energy among agriculture, and climate change. Tyner was said to be extremely helpful to students or to anyone that needed it.
"He spoke all over the country to all kinds of audiences and always had a smile," said Jischke.
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