Lauren (Laurie) Binda Anderson died July 8, 2014 in Athens, Georgia, after a long illness. She was born to Domenic and Virginia Binda in Kalamazoo, MI on April 9, 1945. She received a degree in English at Kalamazoo College, with foreign study in Germany, and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Georgia. She taught secondary English in Michigan and Wisconsin, and worked at the Madison Board of Education in Wisconsin.
She developed a statewide federally-funded program in North Dakota to promote equal opportunities in education. She was co-president of Resolve Atlanta, Board Chair of All God's Children in Athens, and served as chair of a Citizen Review Panel in the Athens Juvenile Court to review cases of neglected and abused children in foster care. She founded and directed the Attachment Network of Georgia to establish a network of trained therapists to help adopted children in Georgia develop strong bonds with their adoptive families.
Laurie is survived by her husband of 46 years, James; son Byron (Nikki) and granddaughters Elizabeth, Victoria, and Isabella Anderson, of Boulder City, NV; brother Robert (Cheryl) and niece Kristen Binda, of Boise, ID; and sister-in-law Carol Anderson (Archer Christian), of Ann Arbor, MI.
She was very active in her church, Covenant Presbyterian, where she served as an elder, establishing the annual Christmas Global Marketplace, the Fair Trade Coffee Exchange, and a partnership with a sister congregation in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Laurie had a great spirit and a big heart to help the underdog and right injustices. She worked fervently to support children, animals, and oppressed people everywhere. Friends who came to console her often left with their spirits renewed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1065 Gaines School Rd, Athens, GA 30605, with designation to the Witness Committee's Mission Trip Fund. A memorial service is planned at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 12 PM on Wednesday, July 23.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Bridges Funeral Home, Inc.
3035 Atlanta Highway
Athens, GA 30606
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on July 13, 2014