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Hershel Anderson

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Anderson, Hershel Dr. Hershel M. Anderson, born in College Mound, Texas on 8-24-1929 to Roy and Rosa Lou Anderson, died on December 26, 2010 at the age of 81 years in Denton, Texas. Hershel and his wife, Elaine, of 57 years, spent many of their retirement years in Ruidoso, New Mexico tending to their beloved orchard. More recently, they moved to Rockport, Texas where they resided until his death. The son of a Methodist minister, Hershel graduated from Decatur High School and served two tours in the U.S. Armed Forces as a 2nd Lieutenant stationed in Berlin during the period between World War II and the Korean War. Hershel married Elaine Clair Austin on September 19, 1953 at Brooklyn Avenue Methodist Church. He graduated from North Texas State University in 1954 with a B.B.A. in Accounting, receiving the honor of Outstanding Accounting Graduate of 1954. Hershel spent two years working as a member of the audit staff at Arthur Andersen in Dallas. He received a M.B.A. degree in Accounting from University of Texas and his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Accounting in 1961. Following his graduation, he began his illustrious teaching career at University of Texas, Austin, followed by 27 years teaching at North Texas State University. He authored multiple professional articles and textbooks including Introduction to Taxation, co-authored by Drs. Brock and Summerfeld, which was one of the most widely used textbooks in the field for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Anderson, three children, Becky Molidor of Frisco, Texas, Roy Anderson, CPA, of Denton, Texas and Beth Buchanan of Waco, Texas. Hershel has 12 grandchildren, one great grandchild and is also survived by his 3 older brothers, Phil, Joe and James, and his numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Hershel leaves a legacy of compassion for the poor and under-privileged, working with the Tarahumara Indians at St. Elena just outside Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico. Hershel and Elaine completed the building of a school, which educates 60 students, grades 1-6, and established an orchard. Hershel and Elaine traveled extensively in their retirement, visiting many countries and parts of the globe. He will be remembered most for his witty sense of humor and his passion for helping others. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 30 at DeBerry Funeral Directors on 2025 W. University Dr. in Denton, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Tarahumara Indians made to Community United Methodist Church in Ruidoso, New Mexico or any family member.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 29, 2010
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