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Dr. Russell D. Anderson, 87

Dr. Russell D. Anderson, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007. He was born in Hendricks to Inest and Florence Anderson. He graduated from high school in Lake Crystal, where his father was superintendent. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in...

Dr. Russell D. Anderson, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007.

He was born in Hendricks to Inest and Florence Anderson. He graduated from high school in Lake Crystal, where his father was superintendent. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1942 and enlisted in the Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant. His final assignment was Assistant Flag Secretary for the Commander, South Pacific Fleet.

In 1944, he married Genevieve Quam from Pemberton. He received his Master of Arts, Specialist in Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Minnesota. He served as teacher, coach or principal in the following Minnesota schools: Balaton, Hoffman, Cottonwood, Delavan, Park Rapids and Two Harbors. In 1958, he was hired by West St. Paul, Dist. 197 as their first assistant superintendent. In 1967, he became the district's third superintendent.

He was president of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators in 1976-77 and named Dakota County Administrator of the Year. He was an active member of Kiwanis and of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. He was most proud of being midwife to the planning and building of Henry Sibley High School in 1972. He retired in 1982 and built a home on Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin. He was a West St. Paul resident and a member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church for nearly 50 years.

He is survived by his wife; five children, Constance (Stephen) Bowen of La Crescent, Steven (Sandra Abraham) of Eagan, Kathleen Anderson Matthews of Mount Clemens, MI, Rebecca (Emmet McGarrity) of Golden Valley and Mark (Rita) of West St. Paul; sister, Beatrice (Robert) Stockdill of Golden Valley; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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He was preceded in death by a sister, Gwendolyn; brother, Robert; and a granddaughter, Lisa Marie Bowen.

Funeral: Monday, Oct. 8 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in West St. Paul.

Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Henry Sibley Dollars for Scholars. Expressions of sympathy may be addressed to the family c/o St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 1575 Charlton St., West St. Paul, MN 55118.

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