Alvin Lee Anderson
age 87, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, in the comfort of his home in Canton, Ohio. Alvin was born on April 24, 1926, to Arthur and Della Anderson of Milwaukie, Ore. He was married to Lucy Marva (Clark) Anderson for 61 years; Lucy passed away just over a year ago. Alvin served at Malone University for 39 years (1969-2008) as Professor of Education and Psychology, and despite his official retirement in 1991, he supervised a total of 110 college students during Spring Semesters abroad, overseeing their teacher training and other learning in Guatemala City between 1988 and 2008. At Malone, Professor Anderson was known for his engaging teaching style and his enthusiasm for learning. As director of a Pew grant for Internationalizing the Curriculum, Anderson organized cross-cultural programs and events, and he directed international student tours to Colombia (1971, 1976), Mexico (1973), and Bolivia (1984-85), including also Malone College Chorale tours to Central America (1972) and the Orient (1974). The latter involved nearly a hundred people and visited five countries. Anderson received two Fulbright Awards to Nigeria (1977-1979), and he received the Faculty Forum Award three times for his essays on 'The Psychology of Christian Inaction: Why We Don't Get Around to Doing the Good We Know to Do' (1974), 'Why they Call Us Imperialists in Latin America' (1976), and 'Nigerian Schools and Society in Transition' (1980).
Before coming to Malone, Anderson served as the founding Director of the Centro Colombo Americano in Medellín, Colombia (1961-1965judged the most outstanding Bi-National Center in Latin America by the State Department) and as Director of the Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano in Guayaquil, Ecuador (1965-1967). From 1967-1969 Anderson served as Education Consultant for the Agency for International Development, helping to establish a teacher-training program at the Universidad Católica Madre Y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic. As their children were entering middle school and high school, Alvin and Lucy felt led to return to the United States after eight years in Latin America, and upon being hired at Malone, they moved into their new home in Sherwood Village, off Middlebranch Road. Upon coming to Canton, Alvin and Lucy and their family became actively involved at First Friends Church of Canton, and in addition to serving in positions of church leadership, they co-taught the 'Go-Getters' Sunday School Class for over thirty years.
Alvin and Lucy met in San José, Costa Rica, and their lives followed venues of service in a total of eight developing countries, including teaching also in Nigeria, Burundi, Bolivia, and Guatemala. Alvin's Ph.D. and M.A. are from the University of Oregon, and his B.A. is from Cascade College, where he likewise taught and received the Outstanding Alumnus Award. He also taught at Greenleaf Friends Academy (Greenleaf, Idaho) and Barclay College (Haviland, Kansas). Alvin published eight books on family histories and genealogies and over a dozen hymns. His co-authored text, The School in Nigerian Society was published by University Press (Oxford 1979), and his book, God is User-Friendly was published by Barclay Press (2000). His autobiography, These Things I Remember, will appear later this year as a companion volume to the revised edition of Lucy's book, Checkpoints along Life's Journey.
Alvin and Lucy built a home together with Stan and Cathy Anderson in 1998, and there they extended hospitality to family and friends with exceeding generosity. Known for his exceptional talents and positive spirit, he will be missed for his wisdom and love of puns. Alvin is survived by three children, Marva (Clark) Hoopes, Paul (Carla) Anderson, and Stan (Cathy) Anderson; ten grandchildren, Matt and Scott Hoopes, and Kristi (Doug) Smith, and Sarah, Della, Olivia, Jocelyn, Meredith, Thane, and Caleb Anderson; and three great-grandchildren, Stella and Jasper Hoopes and Derek Smith.
Calling Hours will be held at the Reed Funeral Home, North Canton Chapel, (801 Pittsburg Ave. N.W.) this Sunday, 2-5 p.m., and a Memorial Service will be held at First Friends Church of Canton (5455 Market Ave N) at 11 a.m. on Monday, with viewing beginning at 10. Burial will take place on Monday at 3 p.m. in Damascus Cemetery in Damascus, Ohio. A memorial service in Oregon will be held later. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Alvin and Lucy Anderson Scholar Award at Barclay College, 607 Kingman Ave., Haviland, KS 67059. Those wishing to share a fond memory or their condolences may sign the Reed on-line guestbook at our website
Reed Funeral Home
705 Raff Road SW Canton, OH 44710
Published in The Repository on Mar. 12, 2014