REDDING Conn. - Richard Eugene Anderson of Redding died Feb. 21. He was 84.
Anderson was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Delmar and Mildred (Peterson) Anderson. After graduation from Union High School, Grand Rapids, Mich., he earned his B.S. in Chemistry (1951), an M.S. in Chemistry (1952), a M.S. Math (1952) (one year at Illinois) a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, all at the University of Michigan (1955) and an M.A. Finance at N.Y.U.(Bernard Baruck) 1960. He briefly worked as a chemist at The University of Illinois.
Anderson first worked for American Cyanamid Inc. where he patented artificial paper and clothing fabric (celulon). He then took a job with Exxon Mobil for problem solving applications. He became VP Product Development at Chase Manhattan where he developed loan accounts for David Rockefeller with companies in Germany (coal), Saudi Arabia (oil and gas) South America (plastic packaging). In 1970 he then became VP of AMAX (American Metal Climax) developing the Molybdenum market worldwide. He then retired at age 69 from Atalanta.Sosnoff in the pensions market.
In the early 1960′s Richard became a connoisseur of primarily unknown contemporary artists in and around the New York art scene, South America and Europe. He joined the board at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in 1972, first as an advisor on exhibits, then treasurer and then president.
Anderson is survived by his sister, Karen (Pat) Farmer; nephews; first wife, Jean; sons, Richard (Olga) and Robert; daughters, Susan and Linda (Stan); 12 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Janine Onimus “Caroline.”
A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the First Church of Christ, Redding.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local branch of the Salvation Army.
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