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Honorary Life Trustee Peter R. Anderson Dies

Feb 18, 2011
Peter Reuben Anderson, an honorary life member of the Board of Trustees at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, died February 14, 2011, in Charleston, S.C. He had celebrated his 80th birthday with friends and family on Wednesday, February 9.

Mr. Anderson was born February 9, 1931, in Rockford, Ill., the son of Reuben L. Anderson and Vesta Johnson Anderson. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his BBA degree in 1952 and his MBA in 1955. He served in the United States Army during Korea with the Military Police Corps. In 1956, he married Emmy Lou Garwig Anderson of Ellwood City, Pa., also a graduate the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They are the parents of Stacy E. Anderson of Charlotte, N.C., and grandparents to Noah Anderson Gminski of Charlotte.

Peter Anderson also served 16 years on the Board of Trustees of Louisville Seminary (1989-2005). He and his spouse learned about the Seminary from Dr. F. Morgan Roberts, who was their pastor at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. They fell in love with the school, and Dr. Roberts thought Louisville Seminary would be a good match for the Anderson’s interests in church life and quality ministry.

Mr. Anderson’s 42 years of experience as an investment manager and Senior Vice President with a subsidiary of Federated Investors, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pa., provided strategic financial wisdom to the Seminary as he served on the Finance Committee of the Board. For more than 22 years, The Andersons have considered their relationship with Louisville Seminary a good investment. Together, they have expressed their confidence in the Seminary through ongoing investment in the Seminary Fund, the “Ask Morgan” Library automation project in 1994, and other efforts supporting the education and preparation of quality church leaders. In 2002, the Andersons established the endowed EDUCAnderson Presidential Scholarship for Excellence, and Louisville Seminary recognized their generosity, dedication, support, and advocacy with the 2008 Faithful Steward Award.

In their retirement, the Andersons moved to Kiawah Island, S.C., and later established residence in Charleston. They have been very active members at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, offering their individual expertise in finance, teaching, organizing, and instructing on numerous committees. In the same way, they have expressed their faith in support of Louisville Seminary.

Louisville Seminary was represented by President Michael Jinkins and Dale Melton, Vice President for Seminary Relations, at a Service in Witness to the Resurrection, held February 17, 2011, at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, S.C.

The family requested that memorial gifts be made to Louisville Seminary or a charity of one’s choice.

Obituary | The Courier and Post, Charleston, S.C.

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