In Memoriam: Georgeanne Artz
September 6, 1974 to April 25, 2019
Georgeanne passed away April 25, 2019, after losing her battle with cancer. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University in 2005. From 2005 through 2011 she held a position as assistant professor at the University of Missouri. In 2011 Georgeanne returned to the Iowa State Department of Economics, first as visiting assistant professor and scientist, then becoming an assistant professor in 2013. She was promoted to associate professor in July, 2018. Her areas of interest were agricultural economics, agribusiness management, labor economics, and economic development. She had an active research program in agricultural business and rural economic development and taught undergraduate courses in farm business management and micro-economic theory.
She was an excellent teacher, a prolific scholar and deeply committed to our undergraduate programs and the Agricultural Business Club, of which she was a co-adviser. In that role, she led the club’s Quiz Bowl Team and oversaw the success of the club at AAEA conferences to win both Outstanding Club and Creative Club Awards a combined eight times. More than that, she brought a sense of joy and humor to every project in which she was engaged. We will miss her around the department.
Georgeanne did not want a sad memorial service following her death and there will not be one. She requested a fun celebration of life gathering for friends and family after the sorrow and emotions settle. A date and venue will be planned in early September.
Georgeanne is survived by her husband, Christian Boessen, and her son, John.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Georgeanne may be made by mailing a check to the Georgeanne Artz Memorial Fund at Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Boulevard, Ames, IA 50010. You may also contribute online at www.foundation.iastate.edu/giveonline. Choose “I want to choose where my gift is designated” under Gift Designations, select “Support a Different Area,” enter Georgeanne Artz Memorial Fund, 2705375 in the Note/Instructions fillable box, then complete the remaining information.