Alden B. “Andy” Anderson, 75, a retired Navy submariner and defense-industry executive and a Lutheran lay minister, died February 2, 2007, of cardiac arrest at his home in Springfield, Virignia.
Captain Anderson was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Scandinavian immigrants. He graduated from Brown University in 1952, and then, true to his Viking heritage and his own family's involvement with things nautical, he was commissioned in the Navy. His 29-year career included submarine duty, amphibious warfare and strategic and materiel planning, with service as commanding officer of the USS Cobbler and the USS Trenton, chief staff officer of Submarine Squadron 16 in Rota, Spain, and commodore of Amphibious Squadron 2.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit with Gold Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star and other decorations.
After retiring in 1982 with the rank of captain, he became a vice president of Science Applications International Corp. In a 20-year career, he managed projects worldwide, primarily command and control center operations, and was a mentor to countless colleagues.
Following his second retirement in 2001, he began a course of study at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, that allowed him to become a ministerial associate. One of the founding members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, he chose service to the sick and homebound as his primary ministry.
Mr. Anderson also was devoted to the Boston Red Sox, a devotion tempered only by a twinge of regret that he was never able to persuade his wife to abandon the New York Yankees.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, June McLean Anderson of Springfield; two children, Sheryl Anderson Parrott of Los Angeles and Eric Anderson of Arlington; a sister; and two grandchildren.
ALDEN B. ANDERSON (Age 75)
Capt. USN (Retired)
On Friday February 2, 2007 at his residence in Springfield, Virignia, ALDEN “Andy” ANDERSON; Beloved husband of June Anderson. Loving father of Sheryl Anderson Parrott (Mark), Los Angeles, California; and Eric Anderson (Allison) of Arlington, Virignia; brother of Irene Caldwell of Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Sara and Sean Parrott.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday February 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, Virginia 22152 where funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Captain Anderson to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or the American Diabetes Association.
ANDERSON, ALDEN BENUM
- CAPT US NAVY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/02/1931
- DATE OF DEATH: 02/02/2007
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 387
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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