In Memoriam: Warren Lee, AEDE Professor Emeritus

Feb. 19, 2015

Warren Lee, AEDE professor emeritus, passed away on February 17, 2015. A native of Ontario, Canada, Professor Lee had a 33 year career in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at Ohio State, joining the department in 1970 and retiring in 2003. 

He received his BSA in 1963 from Ontario Agricultural College/University of Guelph, his MS in 1967 from the University of Illinois, and his PhD in 1970 from Michigan State University. While a professor at Ohio State, he specialized in the field of agricultural finance. Though he retired in 2003, he continued to serve as the Director of Ohio State’s Income Tax schools program through June 2012. He jointly authored the textbook Agricultural Finance during the course of his long career. 

While at Ohio State, Professor Lee conducted research related to policy, structural and technical change in rural financial markets and the U.S. farm sector. In particular, he investigated the changing structure of commercial banking and the Farm Credit System, the role of public credit programs, credit scoring and risk rating, as well as tax policy and management information systems. His work with OSU Extension included outreach on agribusiness finance and management, farm appraisal, intergeneration transfer of small businesses, estate planning, management of agricultural loan portfolios, risk management, and farm income tax management policy. 

Professor Lee’s memorial service will be held at Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221. Visitation will be on Saturday, February 21st beginning at 1:30pm until the time of the memorial service, which will begin at 3:00pm.

Friends, if they wish, may make a memorial gift in Professor Lee’s name to The James Comprehensive Cancer Center (Fund #302024) or OhioHealth Hospice-Kobacker House.

To read Professor Lee’s full obituary, please click here.

February 19, 2015