James Allen Anderson, Jr., passed away peacefully on March 2, 2012 in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Janet Horstman Anderson and his son, Dr. Lawford Anderson and his wife, Dr. Jean Morrison and his daughter, Carole Helena Gilbreath, and her husband Jon Lowry; his grandchildren Tyson, Christopher, Jonathan, Sarah and James Anderson, Janet Swartz, her husband Rob, Wendy Gilbreath, Caillouet Osterloh and her husband, Frank, and Kendall Thorman; and his great-grandchildren Samantha and Lauren Swartz and Toby Osterloh. His sister, Norma Marshall of Tallahassee, Florida, also survives Jim. He is preceded in death by his parents, Norma Caillouet and James Allen Anderson, and daughter, Merilee Joan Thorman.
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Jim was born in Opelousas, Louisiana on October 9, 1919 to James Allen and Norma Caillouet Anderson. As a child Jim lived in many of the Southern United States and graduated from Estill High School as the top honors graduate in South Carolina in 1936. He attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, before he graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He received a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University in 1942.
On June 12, 1941 he married Janet Horstman, a fellow student from the University of Illinois. During World War II he began working at Humble Oil and Refining Company in Baytown, Texas in research. His three children were born there. In 1965 he transferred to the New York office of Enjay Chemical Company as Vice-President of Long Range Planning and Research and lived in Summit, New Jersey. Always interested in the financial markets, he decided while in New York to then work on Wall Street, and began his second career with Hallgarten and Company. After his retirement Jim and Janet returned to Houston and resided in the Southampton neighborhood for many years. They also built and enjoyed a vacation lake house in Onalaska, Texas. In Onalaska Jim built a successful accounting practice, having added CPA to his long list of professional titles.
Jim was a brilliant man with many interests. He had a lifelong love of hunting, fishing and birding. He and his son enjoyed their yearly reunion on the deer leases in Texas. He thoroughly enjoyed cooking and developed a great collection recipes and cookbooks over his lifetime. All his family will miss him.
A private family memorial service was held March 6, 2012 in the Enderle Chapel at St. Mark's Episcopal Church with The Reverend Patrick J. Miller officiating.
In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial gifts may be made in honor of James Allen Anderson, Jr. directed to St. Marks Episcopal Church, 3816 Bellaire Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77025.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 16, 2012