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2017-05-18T05:00:00ZCenter News
​​Jerrold Stern then and now

​Today is the Real Estate Center's 46th birthday. While we've had fun celebrating the occasion, there's also been some sadness at hearing that one of our longtime associates is retiring from his role with us.

Dr. Jerrold Stern began writing for the Center as a doctoral student in 1978, only seven years after legislation creating the Center was signed into law.

"I remember when I was hired by the, then, Texas Real Estate Research Center as a doctoral student," Stern recalled in an email to the Center staff. "I interviewed with the TRERC’s first director, Dr. Pat Wooten. He asked me, 'Do you think you can write so people can understand it?' I responded, 'I think I can, sir.'  He then hired me. Who knew that day would lead to a nearly 40-year career with the Center?"

Since then, Stern has written 94 articles and reports for us, most of them covering real estate tax issues. If you read Tierra Grande regularly, chances are you're familiar with his work. If you're not, visit our online research library and search under his name.

Despite his longevity with the Center, many of us "newbies" here have never meet Dr. Stern in person. He spent much of his career as an accounting professor in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

"I have greatly enjoyed my association with the Center from my doctoral student days during the late 1970s through now," Stern said. "I have treasured the opportunity the write for the Center. It’s truly been an honor to be associated with the top organization of its kind in the U.S. I will most certainly miss my Center friends and colleagues, many of whom I have known and with whom I have worked for literally decades."

Dr. Stern, we thank you for years of service and friendship, and for taking complicated tax laws and explaining them so clearly that even my third-grader could probably understand them. Your contributions to Tierra Grande will be missed. We wish you the very best in your retirement.

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