Joseph F. Anderson, 96 formerly of New Canaan, CT, Clinton, NY, Dorset, VT, and Camden, SC, died peacefully at home in Redding, CT on July 6, following a vibrant life devoted to family, Hamilton College and numerous other causes. Joe, the son of Anna V. and Ernest D. Anderson, was born in Buffalo, NY on March 11, 1921. Since 1948, he has been married to the love of his life, Molly Waters Anderson, also of Buffalo. In addition to Molly, Joe is survived by his daughter, Missy Fallon, son, Rick Anderson, five grandchildren, and a great granddaughter.
Joe attended Phillips Andover Academy and graduated from Hamilton College in 1944, after which he served in the United States Marine Corps before two successful careers. Joe first worked for Dictaphone, where he became vice president of advertising. During this time, Joe and Molly settled in New Canaan, where he was a pillar of the community for 23 years. Notably, he was a founder of First Presbyterian Church, a town selectman and was active in many local organizations.
Simultaneously, Joe became more involved at Hamilton, which led to his second career, when, in 1974, he was named vice president for communications and development at the college. Upon retiring in 1992, Joe received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters in gratitude for his service and he continued at Hamilton as a life trustee. Joe’s successful tenure established him as one of the preeminent fundraisers in higher education and earned the college the reputation as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in America.
Joe and Molly divided their retirement years between Dorset, VT, and Camden. In Camden, Joe was a member of Springdale Hall Club and Camden Country Club, and he participated on the KershawHealth Foundation Board, all of which he enjoyed immensely.
Contributions may be sent in Joe’s memory to Hamilton College (Office of Advancement, 198 College Hill Rd, Clinton, NY 13323), directed either to the Joseph F. Anderson ’44 Internship Fund or to enhance Hamilton’s athletic facilities.