Department Mourns Loss of Dr. Forrest Nutter

October 28, 2020

Dr. Forrest Weston Nutter, Jr. 1953 - 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University announces in deepest sympathy the passing of Professor Forrest Nutter on September 12, 2020 at the age of 67.  Dr. Nutter was our well-liked colleague from 1990 until his retirement in 2018.  He joined our department as an associate professor after having served as assistant professor at the University of Georgia from 1984 to 1990.  Dr. Nutter earned his B.S. from the University of Maryland, his M.S. from the University of New Hampshire followed by his PhD from North Dakota State University.  He was a world-renowned plant disease epidemiologist with a very large body of literature and a long and successful career as teacher and graduate advisor to his credit.  Throughout his career, Dr. Nutter was a sought-after invited speaker at scientific congresses and was honored with many awards and recognitions including the prestigious American Phytopathological Society Excellence in Teaching Award.  He also was recognized for his innovations in the development of educational training software.  Forrest’s teaching and research interests were in quantitative epidemiology and plant disease management using a system approach to optimize and integrate pest management tactics. His work also utilized global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies to better understand, quantify, and forecast the occurrence of plant disease epidemics and their impacts on crop yield. Dr. Nutter taught epidemiology to scores of students and has been a major figure in the field of epidemiology – a legacy that will live on in the many students and scientists that he trained.

Dr. Nutter was born in Plymouth Massachusetts and grew up in Hyattsville, MD. He was the eldest of eight siblings.  He married his wife Suzanna in 1972, and they became the proud parents of three children and grandparents to thirteen beloved grandchildren. Dr. Nutter and his wife recently had retired in North Carolina.  Forrest will be greatly missed by his beautiful family as well as by his colleagues and friends at Iowa State University.