Agricultural economics professor Wallace "Wally" Tyner recently died, according to tweets from Purdue President Mitch Daniels and fellow professor Jayson Lusk.
"A tragic way to start the school year," Daniels' tweet reads. "Thank you, Wally, for all you did and meant to Purdue."
Tyner passed away on Saturday after a brief illness, according to a press release.
He started teaching at Purdue in 1977, according to his curriculum vitae. He earned several awards during his time with the University, including the prestigious "Sagamore of the Wabash," the highest award a civilian can earn in Indiana.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, according to a Purdue press release. The family has designated the "Dr. Wallace Tyner Scholarship" in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University’s College of Agriculture for memorial contributions. Donations can be made online or mailed to Purdue Foundation at 403 W. Wood St., West Lafayette.