Wallace Edward Tyner
1945 - 2019
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Wallace Edward Tyner

West Lafayette - Wallace Edward Tyner (Wally) was born in the East Texas town of Orange on March 21, 1945. He grew up the oldest of four brothers (Jerry, Richard, and Rob) in Athens, TX where his family owned and operated a small grocery store. After receiving his B.S. degree in chemistry from Texas Christian University, Wally joined the Peace Corps and worked as a poultry volunteer in rural India. This work led him to pursue graduate studies in economics at the University of Maryland (M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1977). Following a post-doc at Cornell, Wally joined the faculty of Agricultural Economics at Purdue.

During his tenure at Purdue, he made substantial contributions to the fields of renewable energy (particularly biofuels), resource economics and climate policy, institution building for trade and development in Morocco, and thirteen years as Department Head. Wally's belief in interdisciplinary collaboration led him to work across disciplines at the university. He most recently served as the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics. He authored over 350 professional publications.

Wally was an excellent mentor to faculty, staff, and students. He advised a record number of Master and PhD students. For this work, he received the outstanding graduate student teaching and mentoring award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and was inducted into the Book of Great Teachers at Purdue. Wally was also frequently sought out by policy makers, business leaders, and journalists for his insights and balanced assessments, and he was passionate about communicating his research results to these groups. He conducted over 100 interviews each year with major media outlets from around the world and was quoted in the Economist, New York Times, NPR, and Wall Street Journal.

Wally's leadership and scholarship were widely recognized by his university, his profession, and nationally. He was awarded fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Association of Agricultural Economists, and the AAEA. His research and engagement earned him the Morrill Award, Purdue's highest award for impacts on society. In 2007, Senator Richard Lugar gave Wally the "Energy Patriot" award for contributions to energy policy analysis. He was also recognized by Governor O'Bannon with the State's highest civilian honor, the "Sagamore of the Wabash." Wally was proud to serve with the Moroccan delegation while negotiating the Morocco-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

It was his stint in the Peace Corps that led him to meet his wife, soulmate, and partner, Jean. Wally and Jean were married in 1970 and had two sons, Davis and Jeff. Wally loved and was loved dearly by his family. Jean, Davis, and Jeff will cherish a lifetime of happy memories of their husband and father. These include three years spent living in Morocco, numerous excursions from Morocco to destinations in Europe, joyful family meals, holidays, and reunions, and late-night intellectual conversations. Wally gained two more children through his sons' marriages - Davis to Katherine Smith and Jeff to Amy Wang. Over the past nine years, Wally became a grandfather to RJ, Adelle, Edward, and Austin, and he was embracing his new role as Gdad extraordinaire. Each summer Wally was instrumental in orchestrating a destination family gathering, which was a highlight of the year for everyone.

Wally's sudden passing, from an aggressive form of lymphoma, has been shocking to all who knew him. He will be remembered lovingly by his family and many friends, colleagues, and trainees as a leader, mentor, and as a man of humor, kindness, conviction, and intellect. For those who wish to make a donation in Wally's memory, please consider a fund that has been established for a scholarship in his name, to be used in support of Purdue Ag Econ students: giving.purdue.edu/inmemoryofwallacetyner or make donations payable to Purdue Foundation and mail to Purdue Foundation, 403 W. Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, and/or a donation to the Lafayette Urban Ministry: https://www.lumserve.org/donate/. A memorial service will be held September 29th at 1:00 pm in the Purdue Memorial Union. You may sign the guest book and leave condolences at www.soller-baker.com

Published in Journal & Courier on Aug. 25, 2019.
Memorial service
01:00 PM
Purdue Memorial Union
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September 22, 2019
Wally was a great person and eminent researcher, with whom I interacted few times. Once I had opportunity to get advice from him regarding joining a research project, and his advice judging several aspects was an eye-opener for me to see everything in a 'general' broad view. My heartfelt sympathy for all family members, and deepest tribute for a great person. Sympathetically,
--Gouranga Das, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea.
Gouranga Das
September 4, 2019
I am a member of Purdue Women's Club and Wally Tyner spoke to our International Friendship Group at least once...I also attended his lectures on ag economics at the Krannert School. My condolences to his family members...my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Alice Anderson
September 1, 2019
We are saddened to learn of the death of Wallace, but grateful for his service to our nation with the Peace Corps in India.
Our condolences, The National Peace Corps Association
August 31, 2019
What a beautiful tribute to Wally. A perfect description of a thoughtful, gentle and multi -faceted intellect and sense of humor. It was an honor to know him, and with my sincerest condolences....I'm sure the memories you hold close will bring you great comfort and joy in your time of grief.
Mary Welch
August 31, 2019
Wally added so much to our world, a life truly lived well. As a fellow Peace Corps volunteer with Wally in India, I must say he makes us all proud for his dedication and enthusiasm for improving lives of so many, from his family to international populations. He did so much with his years on earth. My condolences to his family, who must miss his presence greatly, as they appreciate his love and involvement in their lives, from parents to grandchildren. Ruth K. Berry, I-33
Ruth Berry
August 30, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to the family!

India 33
Gene Hazzard
August 29, 2019
I'm so saddened to read about Wally's passing. I served with him for 2 years 7/1966 - 1968 in the Poultry Nutrition Program India 33. We had our training on St Croix; then landed in Kerala So. India for less than a year and then near Bangalore India for a year. He was assigned to the Central Poultry Hatcheries in both locations working with two other PC Volunteers, John Anderson & Tom McGarry . His further work at Purdue & overseas in Morocco is to be commended. He will be missed. RIP Wally!!!!!
Lawrence Evans
August 27, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family - Wally will be missed by so very many -
Michael & Sharon Hobaugh, Tippecanoe Electrical
Sharon Hobaugh
August 27, 2019
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Wallace, but grateful for his service to our nation with the Peace Corps in India.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association
August 26, 2019
The Board and Staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry extend their sincerest condolences to you, Jean and your family upon the loss of your beloved Wally. You are both very dear friends to LUM and Wally will be greatly missed. May you be comforted in remembering the love and humor that Wally brought to you and to all who met him.
Lafayette Urban Ministry
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