ATLANTA, GA - Dr. James D. Anderson Jr. passed away Nov. 18, 2013, at the age of 65, surrounded by his loving family after an extended battle with prostate cancer.
He was born June 15, 1948 in Lakeland, FL to Joan Ammerman Anderson and James D. Anderson Sr. He graduated from Lakeland High School where he was President of the Student Body. In his youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and received the God and Country Medal. He graduated in 1970 with a BA in Chemistry from Emory University where he was a member of the Emory Glee Club and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In 1975, he received a DDS from Emory University School of Dentistry. Following the completion of his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, he opened his oral surgery practice in Atlanta, Georgia in 1979. He was a diplomat board certified member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Other memberships included the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Fifth-District Dental Society and the Hinman Dental Society. He believed in giving the best surgical care possible and striving for perfection in every procedure. His love of country inspired him to join the United States Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Colonel. He served as Primary O.M.F.S. for Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery during the Dessert Shield/Dessert Storm War.
After the 9/11 attacks he was again called to active service and was assigned to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal for his exceptional performance and outstanding service, the Meritorious Service Medal, plus many commendation awards. He was a member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club and loved to play golf with "The Early Birds." He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. He also participated in weekly bible study led by Ken Boah, which truly nourished his soul. Traveling with family and friends and sharing new places and experiences with his children gave him great joy. He was loyal, loving and generous and was an encouraging presence in the people whose lives he touched. Having embraced life with zest and faced challenges with vigor, he will be remembered for his strength, endurance, resilience and grace as evidenced in his valiant fight against his disease.
Dr. Anderson is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Katherine Scott Anderson; son, Michael James Anderson and daughter-in-law, Staci; daughter, Laura Scott Gudipalley and son-in-law Chandu; grandson, Nathan Gudipalley; parents, Joan Ammerman Anderson and James D. Anderson Sr. of Lakeland, FL; siblings, Linda, David and Thomas Anderson.
A memorial service was held at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Atlanta and the if .


Published in Ledger from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2013