Ralph Anderson loved his family, researching dairy science

Saturday, October 27, 2012 | 6:25 p.m. CDT; updated 8:13 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 27, 2012

COLUMBIA — Ralph Robert Anderson fell in love with the idea of being a farmer at a young age. It was an uncommon dream for a city boy growing up in New Jersey during World War II, and it evolved into an extensive academic career in endocrinology and dairy science.