Donald K. Anderson Jr
Donald K. Anderson Jr. of Columbus, Ohio, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. He was 89.
Mr. Anderson was born March 18, 1922, in Evanston, Ill., to Donald K. and Kathryn S. Anderson.
Mr. Anderson graduated from Yale University in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in English. He then left school to serve as an intelligence officer in the Navy during World War II. He served on the flagship staff of Adm. William Halsey, commander of the 3rd Fleet, on the USS Missouri, during the last four months of the war.
Mr. Anderson returned to school, and earned his master's degree in English from Northwestern University in 1947 and his doctorate in English from Duke University in 1957. He taught at Geneva College, Rose Polytechnic Institute and Butler University before arriving at MU.
Mr. Anderson was a professor of English at MU from 1965 to 1992. He was also an associate dean of the graduate school from 1970 to 1974.
In 1972, he founded the Graduate Student Teaching Award Program, now called the Donald K. Anderson Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and the Donald K. Anderson Graduate Research Assistant Award.
Mr. Anderson is survived by his sons David Anderson of Columbus, Ohio, and Lawrence Anderson of Houston; a sister, Barbara Wasserman, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and one grandchild.
His wife, Kathleen H. Anderson, died earlier.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for those interested to make donations to a charity of their choice in Mr. Anderson's name.