In Memory: Elmar R. Reiter

fcc013114-1_20160622Elmar Rudolf Reiter, 88, passed away on June 17, in Peoria, Ariz. He is survived by his spouse Gabriella Reiter, three children (Bernadette, Reinhold, and Christa-Maria), and six grandchildren.

Reiter was professor emeritus at Colorado State University, where he helped found the Department of Atmospheric Science. He was a brilliant scientist and inventor, who contributed greatly to the advancement of climate models and weather prediction systems. He is best known for his work regarding jet streams, which gave rise to the algorithms used by the airlines to determine the magnitude and direction of clear air turbulence.

Reiter was also a talented artist and tenor singer. He requested that there would be no memorial or funeral service. Instead, he wished that everyone that knew him celebrate his life.

The family asks that donations be given, in his memory, to scholarship funds that further scientific research at the CSU School of Engineering and the Department of Atmospheric Science.

If you wish to contribute to the fund go to or call (970) 491-7135 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT, or by e-mail to