Anderson, Ronald Eugene
Ithaca: Ronald Eugene Anderson passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, May 5, 2013 with his family at his side. Ron was born September 15, 1920 to Ivar Hilding and Hanna Pearson Anderson, and grew up on a farm in northeastern Nebraska. During WWII he was a Navigator in the Army Air Corps. After the war, he graduated from the University of Nebraska, where he met and married Jean in 1948. Ron and Jean moved to Madison, WI where received his Doctorate in Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin. They moved to Ithaca in 1954 with their four children, where he joined the Cornell University faculty. In 1988, he was elected as Professor Emeritus. Ron was very active in the community serving the Cayuga Heights Fire Department, County Planning Board, Water Commission, the Athletic Council of Cornell, and as Mayor of Cayuga Heights.
He is survived by his daughter, Susan and husband, Ron Serlin (grandson Zane); son, Scott (granddaughter Haley); daughter, Carol (grandchildren Jared, Jacob, Casey and Lucas); and son, Burr and his wife, Brenda (grandchildren, Emily and Zachary). He is also survived by his two sisters, Carol Bard and Marilyn Wallin of Nebraska.
A Memorial Service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ron's name to Hospicare of Tompkins County. Bangs Funeral Home will be assisting the family.
Published in Ithaca Journal on May 8, 2013