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Lynn Anderson

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Lynn F. Anderson On September 2, our family was blessed to celebrate the 90th birthday of Lynn Anderson. On September 3, 2011, surrounded by the love of his family, he passed into the eternal peace and rest of God and his savior Jesus Christ. A native Texan, Lynn was born in Galveston to Reverend Eric Julius Anderson and Ruth Foster Anderson. As a child, he lived in Methodist parsonages in Galveston, Hutto, Decker, and Brady. After graduating from Brady High School, Lynn received his undergraduate and graduate education at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a member of the trumpet section of the Longhorn Band and was a lifelong Longhorn fan. He served as a naval officer in World War II, aboard the USS Tyron in the South Pacific and as an administrative officer involved in the logistical planning for the invasion of Japan. While an undergraduate at UT, Lynn met a pretty young nursing student from Brenham, Texas. He married Lillian Schlottmann on August, 3 1944; this year, they were blessed to celebrate 67 years of marriage together. Following naval service, Lynn began a long career at the University of Texas, serving in research, teaching, and administrative capacities in the Bureau of Municipal Research (I946-1950), the Institute of Public Affairs (I 950-1970), and the LBJ School of Public Affairs (1970 - 1997). Professor Anderson's teaching and research interests were primarily in the fields of public finance, public financial management, and state/local/urban affairs. He was author or co-author of more than seventy publications and for twenty-three years was editor of the periodical Public Affairs Comment. Among his varied responsibilities in the University, he initiated and developed a number of nationally-recognized programs of continuing education for public officials over a period of three decades. He held membership on numerous University committees and councils, including the State Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League, where he served for 26 years. He was a consultant to numerous governmental entities and other organizations in Texas and the U.S. and was a member of numerous advisory and study commissions involved in national, state, and local governmental matters. He was a member of the commission that produced a new Texas Constitution draft in 1974. By appointment of the Supreme Court of Texas, he served as a public member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas from 1981-1984. He was a member of several academic and professional organizations and was a past president of the Austin Society for Public Administration. Among his awards and recognitions were the Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Public Administration by the Austin Society for Public Administration (May, 1976), the first Excellence Award for Career Development in Municipal Finance by the Municipal Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (May 1982), and the Academic Award of the International City, County Management Association (October, 1987). In 1987, he was honored by the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas, when the Association named its annual fellowship for graduate study in municipal finance after him. His contributions to education and involvement in public affairs have contributed greatly to the growth and development of public administration in Texas and the nation. He was especially proud of his former students who have, and continue to work in public service for the good of the constituents they serve. Following retirement, Lynn devoted himself to his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed his new hobby of raising cattle on land, originally belonging to his grandfather in the Hornsby Bend area of eastern Travis County. The son and grandson of Swedish emigrants, he instilled and nourished a profound appreciation of that legacy. Lynn was active in civic affairs in Austin for more than four decades. He was a charter member and Past President of the Kiwanis Club of the University Area. An active layman in the United Methodist Church, he held many positions of leadership, including the Chairmanship of both the Administrative Board and Finance Committee of University United Methodist Church. Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Lillian, of Austin; sons Allan (Kay) of Salado and Gary (Kim) of Austin; grandchildren Ashley Shead of Charlottesville, Virginia, Erin Terry (Steve) of Irving, Texas, Scott Anderson of Dallas, Texas, and Grant Anderson of Brooklyn, New York; great grandson Sebastian Shead of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was looking forward to the birth of a second great grandson in November. He is also survived by three sisters, Lorisse Maxwell of LaVerne, California, Lucille Rutherford of Pleasanton, Texas, and Lula Mae Dearing of Austin, along with a number of nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Louis, and his sister Lillie Ruth. The family extends its deepest appreciation to Dr. Michael Pellegrini, the staff of Westminster Manor and the Westminster Manor Health Care Center and the staff of Hospice Austin. Visitation will be Monday, September 5, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m., at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 North Lamar, Austin. Services will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, in the sanctuary of University United Methodist Church, 24th and Guadalupe, Austin, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. Private interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to: Endowment Fund, University United Methodist Church; the Lynn F. Anderson Professorship, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin; or to Hospice Austin. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Sept. 5 to Sept. 6, 2011
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