Robert John Anderson ’65 died on August 11, 2003, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Born on January 25, 1943, in Milford, CT, he prepared for college at Rockland High School and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1961 to 1963. During the Vietnam conflict, he served in the U.S. Army and then joined the IBM Corporation, working in New England, New York, and North Carolina for 30 years, retiring as manager of marketing communications in 1998. He was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Raleigh Ski and Outing Club, the Greystone Lake Watch Committee, and the Raleigh Racquet Club, a certified ski instructor, a counselor for the Small Business Administration’s Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), and had served as president of the Dunbarton Pointe Homeowners Association. He was a charter member of the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, a consumer advocate with the Department of Defense, and a member of the Wake County Prostate Cancer Coalition. In 2001, he founded the Prostate Cancer Coalition of North Carolina and was honored by Business Leader Triangle Magazine as one of its choices for its “Impact 100 for 2002” list. He was also a recipient of an American Cancer Society IMPACT 2002 Award and received the Joseph C. Paige, Sr. Award, given by the Prostate Cancer Coalition of Wake County for outstanding leadership, advocacy, and visionary guidance in support of awareness and the fight against prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Kuehn; his mother, Loretta Margaret Clifford; a son, Robert Anderson; a daughter, Mary Anderson; two stepdaughters, Laura Rebhan and Jennifer Moore; a brother, John Anderson; three sisters, Dorothy Anderson, Patricia Anderson, and Margaret Fuller; and three grandchildren.