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WVU mourns the passing of Dr. Jerald “Jerry” Fletcher

On June 19, the NRCCE received news that our dear friend and colleague Jerry Fletcher passed away.  Jerry was a long-serving faculty member in the Davis College Davis of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the director of the NRCCE’s U.S.-China Energy Center.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Erickson Alumni Center in the Kennedy Club Room from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 21.  Jerry’s life story can be read on his memorial page, where condolences can also be posted.

Daniel Robison, dean of the Davis College, sent this heartfelt note to the WVU community.

Dear Colleagues:

It is with deep sadness that I pass on the news that Dr. Jerry Fletcher passed away this morning, at home, after a battle with cancer.  He has left us way too early.

Dr. Jerald “Jerry” Fletcher
Dr. Jerald "Jerry" Fletcher

Jerry was a stalwart of our college, serving us all in so many ways, with distinction, with devotion, with care.  He was truly a brilliant academic – adding value to the lives of his colleagues and students at every stage of his career.  He had more to contribute no doubt.

Dr. Fletcher was a long-serving faculty member in the Division of Resource Economics and Management. He came to WVU in 1989, from Purdue University where he also served on the faculty.  He earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and, prior to that, an M.A. in economics also from UCDavis and a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Wyoming.  He was originally from Wyoming.

Professor Fletcher's research interests included natural resource and environmental economics; quantitative methods; production economics, GIS and other computer applications in applied economic analysis.

Jerry was the founder and director of the Natural Resource Analysis Center in the Davis College. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and had been a member of the board of directors and chair of the Council of Professional Association on Federal Statistics. 

He served as the director of the former Division of Resource Management, and as director of the U.S. Department of Energy funded U.S.-China Energy Center – at the time the largest grant the university had, $25 million. 

He mentored many students and young faculty, was a campus leader in energy resources and a good part of why and how WVU came to regard itself as one of America’s “energy universities.”  And in the past two years he took on management and leadership of our growing portfolio of work with the U.S Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

I know we all send our collective condolences to his wife, Marsha, their children and families.  A sad day for our college, and most especially here for his many close friends in Resource Economics and Management. 

Peace, Dan