Dr. Theodore Augustus Anderson

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas - Dr. Maj. Theodore Augustus Anderson, 86, passed to eternal life April 22, 2013, at Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights.

Theodore was born in Mitchell, Ontario, Canada. On Feb. 3, 1951, in Windsor, Ontario, he married the love of his life, the former Elizabeth Joan MacWilliam of Windsor.

He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth; his daughters, MaryBeth (Steve) Flores, Cathryn Anderson, Judith
(Humphry) Samuelsz and Connie (Homayoun) Shirazi-Anderson; nine loving grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Barbara, his four sisters and his two brothers.

After completing grade 13 in Renfrew, Ontario, incredibly intelligent Theodore entered medical school at the age of 16 in Kingston, Ontario, at Queens University.

Dr. Anderson worked in a private medical practice in Windsor from 1950 to 1968, when doctors still made house calls.

From 1968 to 1971 he specialized in psychiatry through further education in Cherokee, Iowa. In the summer of 1971 Dr. Anderson accepted the admitting psychiatrist job at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leeds, Mass. Until retirement in 1994, Dr. Anderson considered it his duty to serve the veterans who serve us. He gathered his inspiration from his father Joseph Theodore (J.T.), a wounded war veteran.

Well-loved by many, Dr. Anderson was recognized as more than just a doctor, more like a friend. Once it was even written, "He's surely God-send." He greeted you with two smiles, a kind heart, that's his style. Doing all he could, his blue eyes said, "I care."

His favorite of all titles was "family man." A devoted husband of 62 years, he loved his family. In the neighborhood he was well known for having a great yard. Grandkids think he was the best of butterfly hunters. He was No. 1 on many lists of best friend, confidant and for my list, "No. 1 Daddy, best ever."

A private service will be held at Harper Talasek Funeral Home in Killeen, Texas. Condolences online at www.harpertalasekfh.com.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 4, 2013