Dr. Raymond Ward Arritt, (September 19, 1957 – November 14, 2018) of Ames, passed away unexpectedly of a stroke on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
Raymond was born September 19, 1957, to Muriel Louise Smith and Raymond Ward Arritt, Sr. in Covington, Virginia. He grew up in Lynchburg and Richmond, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia, where received his B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science in 1979 and his M.S. in Environmental Science in 1982. he earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins in 1985 and then took his first professorship at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1988. He moved to Ames, Iowa in 1993 and Ray worked at Iowa State University until his death.
It was during the final semester of his undergraduate degree that Raymond met his beloved wife Teresita Navarrete in 1979. They married within a year of their first date, on March 29, 1980, and went on to have two children.
On Wikipedia he was a long time established editor, joining the project in May 2006. He was appointed to administrator a year later in July 2007 with a unanimous 88 votes in support and none in dissent. This is somewhat of a rarity and an indication of how well liked he was on the project. He made many valuable contributions to the project as an editor and as an administrator.
Later in 2009 he stepped down from his role as an administrator and began editing as Shock Brigade Harvester Boris, this username is a reference to the Soviet udarnik, his continued contributions and good humor even in the most difficult issues were widely respected.
Raymond was a consummate scientist, and made over 28,000 edits to Wikipedia, chiefly on the topic of climate science. He was a recipient of the WikiProject Quality Article Improvement precious award in 2012. Among his work was making Global warming one of Wikipedias few featured articles.
He will be fondly remembered for his good works and sense of humor.