Remembering Dean Kolmer

Visitation for former Dean of Agriculture Lee Kolmer Jan. 21

Former Dean of Agriculture Lee Kolmer died on Jan. 18 at Kavanaugh Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa, from congestive heart failure at the age of 82.

A visitation will be held on Jan. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hamilton's on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines. A burial mass will be held on Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines.

Kolmer began his tenure as dean in 1972 and led the college through the farm crisis of the 1980s. An ISU alum with master's and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics, 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 featured in the Spring 2008 issue of STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences.

View his obituary.