Sigurd L. Andersen
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Sigurd Lokken Andersen, age 88, of Wilmington died on Sunday August 5 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Silkeborg, Denmark and immigrated with his parents, Louise and Marius Lokken Andersen to Los Angeles, California, by ship, celebrating his third birthday in the Panama Canal. He graduated from the Webb School in Clermont, CA, and matriculated at Princeton University. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Navy and joined the V12 officer training program, completing his college work in uniform at Cornell University. After college he served on board ship in the North Atlantic.
Following the war, Sigurd married Sally Cook and returned to California, attending graduate school there and in North Carolina, ultimately receiving a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from North Carolina State University under legendary statistician George P. Box. He then joined the DuPont Company where he applied his technical and managerial skills for over 35 years, ultimately practicing the social science of organizational development, seeking to improve the company and provide mission and clarity of purpose for its employees. In the pursuit of organizational excellence he met his long-term mentor Charlie Krone whose teachings he followed well into retirement. Joined with a group of like-minded colleagues, Sigurd further developed his interest in and practice of esoteric philosophy and spiritual studies.
Sigurd married his second wife Lauren Kay in 1974. Together they were pioneer home restorers in Wilmington's Midtown Brandywine Neighborhood, and then enjoyed many years of gardening and relaxation at Sigurd's beloved Solbakken II farm near Stewartstown, PA. One of Sigurd's prides was growing sweet corn which he cheerfully gave away from a cooler walked around his neighborhood in Wilmington on late summer Sunday evenings. Sigurd was perpetually friendly and interested in others and made good friends everywhere he went.
Sigurd is survived by his wife Lauren Kay, his five children and their spouses Sigurd Jr. and Bonnie Dasher Andersen of St. Johnsbury, Vermont; Ellis and Doris Andersen of Elkton, MD; Mary Peniston and Jim Carter of Norwalk, CT; Erik and Christine Andersen of Bethel, CT, and Christian and Michelle Andersen of Baltimore, MD. He also deeply loved his grandchildren: Gina Shatney and her husband John, Sally Andersen, Nora Bendana, Emily Andersen, and Paul Andersen, and three great grandchildren, Timothy, Tabitha and Jacob Shatney.
A service to celebrate Sigurd's life will be conducted at Christ Church Christiana Hundred on Saturday August 11 at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, Sigurd's family suggests contributions in his name to The Lorelton Assisted Living, 2200 West 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.
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Published in The News Journal from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2012