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EDWIN O. ANDERSON

Date of Passing: Feb 15, 2004

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EDWIN O. ANDERSON With deep sadness we announce that Edwin O. Anderson, aged 69, passed away at Victoria Hospital February 15, 2004 of cancer. He is survived by his wife, Joan Townsend; two step-children, Paula and Wayne and a sister, Mary Lou Wantock of Minnesota. Ed was born in Minnesota and came to University of Manitoba in 1968 where he met his wife. After receiving his MA in Anthropology Ed became active in many of universitys activities. Initially he was a lecturer in Anthropology. Subsequently he joined the Continuing Education Division as Assistant and then Associate Professor working in the development of many of the programs that CED is renowned for. These include the Community Counselling Certificate, the Stony Mountain University Program, and Correspondence and General Studies Programs, providing university education for people who would not otherwise have had the such opportunities. He served as Vice-President, and then President of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association and subsequently the Board of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, including a term as its President from 1985 to 1986. Upon his return he served twelve years as Secretary of Senate, the Universitys academic governing body. There he provided the University and the greater community with the benefit of his expertise in governance, sage advice and guidance to the many constituent groups of the University. He was always ready to listen, advise and provide a sense of institutional memory, all with a sense of warmth, energy and wit. Ed was so admired by the students of the University that upon retirement in 1998, the U of M Student Union established the Ed Anderson Award, a scholarship given annually to a student involved in student governance in an exceptional way. In the greater community his promotion and support of cultural organizations is widely known. He served on the Board of Governors of the Manitoba Museum, including a term as Chairman. For his contributions, the Museum awarded him a Honorary Life Membership in 1984. He most recently served as Vice President for Works of Art of the Board of Governors of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and on the Board of Directors of Prairie Public Television, Inc. In recognition of his exceptional contributions to academics, and the broader society, in 2004 the University of Manitoba awarded him the highest honour it can bestow on an individual: the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. Ed loved art, antiques, theatre, a host of other activities, and, of course, animals. A Memorial service will be held at St. Lukes Anglican Church, 130 Nassau N. near Stradbrook on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. Special thanks to Dr. Wade Glew, Dr. Buchel, Trevor, and the Victoria staff who provided care, and also facilitated the ceremony awarding Ed his LLD at a special convocation, the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eds memory may be made to the Ed Anderson Award Top Up Fund through the Department of Private Funding, 179 Continuing Education Complex, University of Manitoba, R3T 2N2 (or by calling 474-6009), or to the Winnipeg Art Gallery. GARRY MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, CEMETERY & CREMATION CENTRE 1291 McGillivray Blvd - 925-1120

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 18, 2004

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