Dr. Michael Stibb Anderson, 78, of 1901 S. 30th St., died at 10:57 p.m. Wednesday (April 3, 2013) in Blessing Hospital. Michael was born Sept. 8, 1934, in DuQuoin, a son of Perry Alfred and Nancy Lucretia Starr Anderson. On April 18, 1981, he married Karen Elizabeth Jones in Indianapolis, Ind. She survives. Michael was a 1952 graduate of Rockford East High School in Rockford and a 1956 graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1960. He completed his internship and residency and fellowship in endocrinology. Dr. Anderson began his practice in 1965 in Rockford; but, after a year, he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. After his Army service, he moved to the Chicago area and joined the Department of Clinical Research at Abbott Laboratories, working to chemically identify, synthesize, and test hypothalamic releasing hormones, at that time scientifically disputed to exist. He also worked at G/D Searle in clinical research and medical writing. Dr. Anderson is the author of 14 scientific papers published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, Lancet and other journals. He took a medical administrative position at the American Medical Association for two years before coming to Quincy to become the medical director of the Illinois Veterans Home for six years prior to his retirement in 1998. He continued to serve as a volunteer at the Blessing Community Outreach Clinic. He was also a member of the Adams County Medical Association. Dr. Anderson was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church. He served on the boards of Chaddock School and Care Net Pregnancy Services. His hobbies included tennis, skiing, jazz and reading. He was an avid reader on many subjects -- especially history and World War II. He was a modern jazz pianist and taught special jazz classes at both John Wood Community College and for POLIS. During his medical training, he formed a jazz trio that played at Chicago North Side Jazz Clubs on weekends. Dr. Anderson was also a writer of fiction novels, having self-published two which are sold locally in Hy-Vee stores. Survivors, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Clinton Patrick (Pam Goodfellow) Anderson and Matthew Perry Anderson, both of Algonquin; four grandchildren, Montanna Michelle Anderson, Daytonna Danielle Anderson and Nicole Rusch, all of Algonquin, and Shawnee Rose Anderson of Kansas City, Mo.; a brother, Peter Alfred (Mary) Anderson of Rockford; a nephew, Chandler S. Anderson of Rockford; a niece, Margit E. Anderson of Chicago; and numerous cousins. Michael was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife, Gerry Grosby Anderson. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Dr. Scott Grulke conducting. Inurnment will be in Woodland Cemetery. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Vermont Street United Methodist Church, Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund or donor's choice. ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Apr. 7 to Apr. 9, 2013