Memorial services for Peter “Pete” Alden Anderson, 81, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Mr. Anderson was born October 17, 1937 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Kenneth Eugene Anderson and Dorothy Smith Anderson. The family moved to Lawrence, KS in 1948 and Mr. Anderson attended Lawrence schools, graduating in 1955 from Lawrence High. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1960 with a BA in Fine Arts. While in KU he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi social fraternity, and was associated with Bell Music Company, Vickers Gift Shop, and Carl’s Fine Clothiers. College summers were spent counseling at Camp Lincoln in Lake Hubert, MN.
He married Joan A. Lobb on June 29, 1962. She survives of the home at Presbyterian Manor. Other survivors are son, Todd Anderson, a brother Philip Anderson and two granddaughters, Kayleigh and Meghan Anderson. Son Craig passed away in March 2017.
Mr. Anderson joined Maupintour, the Lawrence, KS group tour operator in 1964 and retired 35 years later in 1999. During the years with Maupintour he was involved with the production of domestic programs, public relations, and trade relations in the travel industry. He served on the boards of Travel Industry Association of Kansas, Travel Industry Association of America, and the National Tour Association where he was national president in 1988. He served on the board of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau for several years. He received the first ever Kansas Governor’s Tourism Award from then Governor John Carlin in 1983.
In retirement Mr. Anderson was a volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the Lawrence Visitor Center. In 2007 the National Tour Association presented their lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2009 the Lake Hubert Minnesota Camps presented their silver Legacy Award. The family suggests memorials to the Good Samaritan Fund at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.