Dr. Richard T. Anderson

Died: 2018-09-24
Resided in: Danvers, MA
Viewing type: Celebration of Life Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2018-09-28 / 4pm-7pm
Service type: Funeral Mass
Service date: 2018-09-29 / 9am
Service location: St. Mary of the Annunciation - Danvers MA
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Contributions: To Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., B102, Danvers, MA 01923

Dr. Richard T. Anderson passed away on Monday September 24, 2018 at home. He leaves his loving wife of 39 years, Mary Jane, his sister-in-law Kathleen Nelson and her husband Harold, several cousins and his beloved terriers, Abigail and Lily. Dick was born in Somerville, MA in 1935, the son of the late Peter W. and Rita B. (Abbott) Anderson. After graduating from Somerville High School, he earned a B.S. in Ed. And a M. Ed. From Salem State, a M.A. from Boston State, and then a Doctorate in Education degree with a specialty in Geographic Education from Boston University. Dick began his teaching career at Somerville High School and then accepted a position in the Department of Geography at Salem State College in 1969 where he taught for 31 years until his retirement. He was active in a number of professional organizations including the Association of American Geographers, the National Council of Geographic Education and the New England St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society. Throughout most of his academic life, Dick had a passion for promoting geography in the classroom. He was the founder of the Northeast Global Education Center at Salem sponsored by the National Geographic Society (NGS), he was the outreach coordinator in Massachusetts for the NGS and the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance, and he served as the treasurer for the Geographic Education National Implementation Project for ten years. His work resulted in a number of honors including the Mass Geographic Alliance Award for Outstanding Service, the Distinguished Teaching Award from Salem State, and the establishment of the Richard T. Anderson Mentor Fund. He was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Even after his retirement in 2000, Dick continued to acquire and administer outside grant funding for geography teacher workshops at Salem State University until just several years ago. Beyond his academic interest, Dick served his community as a Library Trustee for many years. He also had an enthusiasm for world travel and had a special talent for describing his adventures. He was a history buff and a sports fan sprinkling his conversations with trivia about the Civil War, presidential elections, the old Boston Braves and strategies for winning the next Patriot football game. When it was time to relax, he enjoyed meeting his morning breakfast group, dinner with family and friends, and backyard cookouts by the pool.

I am so very sorry to hear this news. Dick was a major contributor to Salem State. He was a scholar and gentleman of the old school. I enjoyed the stimulating conversations that we had on the second floor of Meier Hall. Condolences to Mary Jane and all. Kenneth MacIver
So sorry to hear of Professor Anderson's passing. I attended Salem State in the mid 1980's and he inspired my love all all things geographic. I remember him fondly to my son, who now attends Salem State and is a history/geography buff himself. He truly was an amazing educator. Andrea Schuster, Beverly, MA
Mary Jane, I am so sorry for your loss. Dick was a great man and he will be missed by so many. May your happy memories help you through this difficult time. Frances Squires, SSU
Mary Jane, I will always hold our grants meetings close to my heart. Dick was always warm, kind, and so dedicated to teaching. I always felt that maybe he and my dad would have been good friends in different circumstances, and Dick reminded me so much of him. I love you both, always, like family. He is at peace now. Kristen Valenzuela, SSU '91
Mary Jane, I am so very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. As you think of all the loving memories of all your time and travels together, keep them close to your heart and may they help you during this difficult time. He was a wonderful Man and will be missed. Much Love LIsa R. Masella, SSU
Mary Jane: It with deep sadness that I have learned of Dick's passing. Dick was kind, and pleasant to me. Always treating me with dignity and respect. That meant a great deal to me. I know Dick was liked by many at SSU. You also, always had time to speak with me and you made me feel special. Thank you for your kindness. Please know that I am thinking of you at this time and wish you peace, comfort, and good health. It is my hope that your memories will help ease the sorrow. Fondly, Paulne Morency

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