GEOFFREY IRL ANDERSON HAMMOND, IN Geoffrey Irl Anderson was born on February 21, 1945 in Columbus, OH to Claude and Jean Demint Anderson. He passed away on November 7, 2012 after a valiant battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Linda Haworth Anderson of Hammond, IN; children: Rebecca (Colby) Beck of Munster, IN, Christopher Anderson, Nathan (Leeanne) Foster, and Margaret Foster of Hammond, IN. He also leaves eight grandchildren: BreAnn Anderson, Lukas Anderson, Dawson Anderson, Ethan Anderson, Audrey Beck, Cooper Beck, Abigail Foster, and Jackson Foster. Also siblings: Eric (Page) Anderson and Claudia (Kim) Fladung of Cincinnati, OH, Penny Anderson of Richmond, VA, and Daniel Anderson of Eugene, OR; sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Haworth (Ray) Hoy of Toledo, OH; aunts: Janet Anderson of Columbus, OH and Leona Anderson of Greenwood, SC; niece, Jessica Fladung; and nephew, Drew Fladung of Cincinnati, OH; and so many loving cousins. Also mourning his passing are a multitude of extended family and friends. Geoff truly enjoyed opportunities to converse on topics specific and varied. His favorites were politics, science fiction, and history. He enjoyed the time he spent in Warsaw, IL at the family cottage, getting involved in that community too by sponsoring the work of archaeologists on a local project. He also loved to watch birds, and spoil his cat, Amelia. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Geoff graduated from Colerain High School in Cincinnati, OH in 1963. He then attended University of Cincinnati, and later Indiana University Northwest where he received both his BA in English and his MPA. He retired in 2011 from Calumet College of Saint Joseph where he was Director of the Public Safety Institute. His early career was in the technology field. Geoff was deeply involved in the community. His activities included being a past board member of the Woodmar Child Development, a member of the Hammond Human Relations Commission, and the Hammond Police Advisory Board, the Hammond Hispanic Community Coalition. Recently, he served on the Indiana AARP Lobby group. Through his work at the Public Safety Institute and committee work with other groups, he moved forward many public safety issues that would impact the community. For his dedicated work, he was chosen for the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators in 2009. His joy was mentoring and facilitating the work of others. He was a support for so many who will miss his generous nature and dry wit. He was proud of his family and friends, and supportive of their dreams. There will be a visitation at Burns-Kish Funeral Home, 8415 Calumet Ave., Munster, IN on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. There will be no local service. He will be buried in Vernon, IN at the historic Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery where there will be a service for the interment of his ashes at a later date. Donations in Geoff's memory may be made to Ebenezer or a
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Published in The Times from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2012