LSU Mourns the Loss of Biological & Agricultural Engineering Associate Professor Ron Sheffield

11/27/2012 04:14 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU community lost one of its dedicated faculty and researchers on Saturday, Nov. 24, when Ronald Erle Sheffield, 42, of Prairieville, passed away. He was an associate professor in the LSU Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering and the LSU AgCenter since 2008.


Sheffield is survived by his wife Juliana Brown Sheffield and daughters, Rachel and Mary Anne. He is also survived by his father, Ronald Davis Sheffield, and sister, Lynn (Kevin) Dameron, of Thornburg, Va.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Phil and Mary Lou Brown, and grandmother-in-law, Virginia Pierson, of Natchitoches; brothers-in-law, Phillip (Ann) Brown, of Prince Frederick, Md., and Tim (Jessica) Brown, of Covington, and many extended family members.


A memorial service will be held for Sheffield at University Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. A reception will take place immediately following the service.


A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Sheffield received his B.S. from Unity College in Unity, Maine; his M.S. from Virginia Tech; and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 2002. His areas of specialization included water resource engineering, irrigation, non-point source pollution control and waste management


Prior to joining LSU, Sheffield worked for the extension service at the University of Idaho and North Carolina State University. Sheffield was active in Boy Scouts of America for many years, attaining his Eagle Scout status and then volunteering as an adult leader. Most recently, he found his passion through the Kairos Prison Ministry in Idaho and Louisiana.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kairos Prison Ministry, 6903 University Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792; University Presbyterian Church, 3240 Dalrymple Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70802; or the charity of your choice.

Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012