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ANDERSON--Harlan E. Computer Pioneer, Community Leader and Philanthropist. Harlan E. Anderson of New Canaan, CT died on January 30th at age 89. Anderson was an early computer pioneer and innovator who co-founded the first mini computer company, Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) which, at its peak, grew into the second largest computer company in the world. Anderson was born in Freeport, Illinois on October 15, 1929. He attended the University of Illinois, where he received a B.S. and M.S. in Physics. The computer classes he took there changed his life. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Jean Kahl in 1950. After their college graduation, both joined M.I.T.'s Lincoln Laboratory. After five years, Anderson left M.I.T. to co-found DEC. Following his years at DEC, Anderson served in the late 1960's as Director of Technology for Time, Inc. He went on to have a career in small- scale venture capital for technology start-ups, serving on many industry and corporate boards. He also built some of the first office buildings in New Canaan, providing space for small businesses and organizations. Anderson was a strong believer in education and his philanthropy and volunteerism reflected this. He was dedicated to providing educational opportunities to others. He served as a Life Trustee at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was a trustee of the Norwalk Community College Foundation. He was a member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Illinois College of Engineering, where he was inducted into their Engineering Hall of Fame in 2010. He and his wife Lois sponsored the Distance Learning Center at Illinois and endowed scholarships at R.P.I., Norwalk Community College and Northwestern University. A lover of music, Anderson was a Life Trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was very active as a community leader in New Canaan where the family lived since 1966. He was a co-founder of the New Canaan chapter of the high school ABC program and of the New Canaan Inn (housing for the elderly) and a charter member of the New Canaan Land Trust. He served as a trustee of the New Canaan Library, Norwalk Hospital and as a Deacon and Trustee of the Congregational Church of New Canaan. He was a longtime member of Woodway Country Club in Darien, where he served on the Board of Governors and as president of the club. Anderson was kind, funny and generous. He was avid for ice cream and fondly remembered his first job scooping it in Freeport. He loved to play golf, mostly for the social aspects of the game, but did once hit a hole- in-one. He was always up for a fun adventure, seeing new things, spending time with his many friends, but most of all, he loved his family. He believed in and valued service to community and inspired many to follow his lead. He set an example for us all in taking care of people. He was predeceased by his wife Lois and is survived by his sons Brian of Monument, Colorado and Gregory (Carol) of Eagle, Colorado and daughter Susan (Jo) of Longmont, Colorado and three grandchildren, Scott (Sue), Christine (Vincent) and Matthew. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The New Canaan Library, the New Canaan Land Trust, the Boston Symphony Orchestra or the charity of your choice. Funeral services are planned for March 16 at the Congregational Church of New Canaan.

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Published in New York Times on Feb. 6, 2019.
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February 12, 2019
To the family and friends, my heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring. And may your precious memories of your dear loved one fill your heart with love and comfort today, tomorrow and always.
February 11, 2019
Wishing the family of Harlan sincere condolences. When someone you love becomes a memory,the memory becomes a treasure in your heart,and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your heart with love and bring peace.
Hosea 13:14
February 9, 2019
Brian and Gregory, I extend my deepest sympathy to you and the rest of the family. Psalm 94: 19.
February 7, 2019
So generous and such an easy person to talk to. He was always interested in what was happening in our life. He will be missed.
Tricia David (Dubey)
February 7, 2019
Psalm 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years, And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years.
May the memories of the wonderful times you shared together bring a smile and joy in your heart.
February 6, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Anderson family. Much love.
Sarah Matos (Du Bois)
February 6, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family of Harlan Anderson. May you celebrate a life well lived and cherish many fond memories created in the years of spending time with Harlan. May you find comfort and strength and accept God's loyal love because he cares for you. Psalms 103.8
February 6, 2019
My sympathy to family and friends may God comfort you and give you peace at this very difficult time of sorrow. Isaiah 35:1. May Harlan's memory be a treasure & a blessing.
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