In Memory: Paul Ballantyne

Memorial services for Paul Ballantyne, professor emeritus, Department of Economics, were July 11 at Mountain View Mortuary, 2350 Montebello Square, Colorado Springs.

He died July 5 following a long illness.

Ballantyne was a member of the faculty from 1967 until his 2011 retirement. He served as the first dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and, for 28 years, was the UCCS commencement vocalist.

Chancellor Venkat Reddy offered condolences in a July 7 memo to the campus.

Family members published an obituary. It follows. Online messages may be left on his page at

 Arnold P. Ballantyne
June 18, 1929 – July 5, 2017

Paul Ballantyne

Arnold Paul Ballantyne, 88, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a former Air Force pilot, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, in the skilled nursing facility at Brookdale Village at Skyline, after a long illness.

Mr. Ballantyne arrived at the UCCS campus in the fall of 1967 and remained there for 44 years, singing at commencement ceremonies every year for 30 years and also serving for a time as Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and for many years as chair of the economics department. He retired from teaching in 2011 at the age of 82.

Born on June 18, 1929 in Cherokee, Iowa, he was the son of Alfred and Julia (Davenport) Ballantyne. Mr. Ballantyne graduated from high school in Cherokee and attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he played football. He transferred to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles to join his high-school sweetheart, Wanda Lowry. After graduating from USC, the couple was married in 1953 and moved to Colorado in the early 1960s. Mrs. Ballantyne died in 2008.

Mr. Ballantyne earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California, an M.A. from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in 1958 from Stanford University. He taught economics at the University of Iowa, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado College, and for the University of Pittsburgh Semester at Sea Program. While teaching at the Air Force Academy, he kept current as a pilot by flying the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. During his career as an Air Force officer, he also flew the Convair B-36 strategic bomber.

For many years, Mr. Ballantyne was an international consultant for the Russian Academy of Economic Science in Moscow and with Sumy State University in Ukraine, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2004.

Survivors include a son, Arnold Craig Ballantyne and his wife Grace of White Rock, British Columbia; a daughter, Lisa Martin and her husband George of Peachtree City, Georgia; and three grandchildren, Theresa Martin of Lake Shore, Maryland; Mike Martin of Indianapolis, Indiana; and April McElrath and her husband Jason of Cupertino, California.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at A visiting hour with the family will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., both to be held at the Mountain View Mortuary, 2350 Montebello Square Drive in Colorado Springs.

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