Robert Leroy Anderson
1940 - 2020
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July 10, 1940 ˜ September 16,

Robert Anderson died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 16, at his Vancouver, WA, home with his wife by his side. His health had declined over the past five years.
Born Robert Leroy Anderson in Cadillac, MI, he was the youngest of seven children to George and Kathryn Anderson (Binder). He graduated from the University of Michigan. For many years, he taught at the University of Portland and Portland State University.
On St. Valentine’s Day in 1985, he married the love of his life, Glenda Thornton.
Throughout his life, Robert had several hobbies, of which his favorites were reading, traveling, bird watching, camping, movies and theater productions.
His charming ways and smiling face are a pleasure to recall; he had a kind word for each and he died beloved by all.
He was preceded in death by siblings, Ruth Hunter, Walter Anderson and June Price.
Robert is survived by a loving family: wife, Glenda Thornton-Anderson and daughter, Michelle Anderson; of Vancouver; sisters, Helen Hunter of Eugene, OR, Irene Shrake of Frankford, MI, and Gail Daughterty of Scottsdale, AZ, as well as a host of other family members across the United States.
A private celebration of life will be held for his family.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Parkinson’s Research Foundation,, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, or Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation,
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 11, 2020.
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October 15, 2020
Glenda, my thoughts are with you at this sad time.


Iona Greening
October 14, 2020
I worked with Bob for many years at the University of Portland. He truly was a kind man, loved and respected by the staff and students.
Kathleen Staten
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