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Ivan Schmedemann '66 March 22, 2017 1:19 PM updated: March 22, 2017 1:21 PM

Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home obituary
111 E. Rosewood Ave.
Boerne, Texas 78006
(830) 249-2321
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Dr. Ivan Wayne Schmedemann

Service Information:

Funeral: A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 624 Barnett Street, Kerrville, Texas.
Interment: Pending at this time.
Born: March 16, 1930
Died: March 18, 2017


Ivan Wayne "Doc" Schmedemann was born March 16, 1930 in rural Geary County, Kansas to John F. and Verna Harting Schmedemann. Doc attended elementary schools there and graduated from Junction City, Kansas High School in May, 1948. Attending Kansas State College, Doc was active in Blue Key and Collegiate 4-H. He also went to Germany in 1950 as a foreign exchange student and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Economics. He then served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army before he returned to Kansas State to complete his Master Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1957.

Doc married Luanne Hicks from Western Kansas on May 28, 1956 before studying at Oklahoma State for a year. As a part of an U.S. Aid Project, Doc worked in Ethiopia, Africa, teaching Agricultural Economics at the Imperial Ethiopia College for two and half years. In January of 1962, Doc and Luanne moved to Bryan/College Station where he attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1966 with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. Doc developed the Master of Land Economics and Real Estate program within the Agricultural Economics College from 1972-1994, then within the Mays School of Business from 1994-1996.

Recognition of his commitment to his students and the real estate profession include: Teacher of the Year in the TAMU Department of Agricultural Economics, 1979; Honor Professor Award from the COALS Student Council, 1984; TAMU Association of Former Students Award in Teaching, 1984; and the Education Innovation Award from the TAMU College of Agriculture, 1984. The Drs. Ivan and Luanne Schmedemann Endowed Scholarship in Land Economics and Real Estate was established by the Society of Texas A&M Real Estate Professionals in 1989. In 1996, he was recognized as Professor Emeritus in Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, and in 2004 he received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He was also named as Honorary Texas Secretary of Agriculture bestowed by Rick Perry,

Doc has left a living legacy across the 25 states and four foreign countries in which the 500+ graduates of the Land Economics and Real Estate program now work. Doc and Luanne welcomed students into their home and ranch, Yoponderosa, creating lifelong and multi-generation friendships.

Doc and Luanne retired to the Texas Hill Country in 1996 and enjoyed traveling in the western U.S., Europe and Africa during his retirement. Doc is survived by Luanne Schmedemann, his wife of 60 years, John and Paige Schmedemann, his son and daughter in law, Nick and Abby Schmedemann, his grandchildren. Pallbearers are Tom Goen, Keith Barlow, Paul Bierschwale, Larry Kokel, Charles Gilliland, and Jim Dunn.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Dr. Ivan Schmedemann '66 Endowed Professorship Fund in the Department of Agricultural Economics within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (32250). This account is managed by the Texas A&M Foundation for the benefit of Texas A&M University. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Checks should be made payable to Texas A&M Foundation and mailed to 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840-2811. Please include a note indicating that the gift is in memory of Dr. Ivan Schmedemann.

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