Robert Edward Anderson

Robert Edward Anderson was born on October 4, 1943 in Gilmer, Texas, the only child of Robert Edward Anderson and Marian Benson Anderson. He died at Lawrence Memorial Hospital on February 5, 2015, of pneumonia. He is survived by his former spouse, Corinne; his son Christopher and grandson Amane; and his son Matthew, son-in-law John, and granddaughter Nora.

Bob attended Williams College, graduating in 1965 with a B.A. in French language and literature. He earned a PhD in French literature from the University of Wisconsin in 1973. He travelled to France as a Fulbright Scholar, spending a year in Paris studying 17th and 18th century theater. During his time there, he immersed himself in the theatrical world of Paris. When he returned to Wisconsin, he was awarded a University Graduate Research Fellowship to complete his doctoral work.

Bob moved to Lawrence in 1970 and became an Assistant Professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Kansas, where he enjoyed a 28 year-long career. He also took great pleasure in working with students as a lecturer in the Department of Western Civilization. In 1976, he was promoted to the position of Associate Professor of French. His knowledge, enthusiasm, warmth, and humor were widely recognized by both his students and his peers. He was honored with the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award and the Cramer Teaching Award for outstanding teaching in French. As director of the KU Study Abroad program in Paris, Bob shared his love of the city and its culture with many groups of students.

Bob loved to travel, loved cosmopolitan cities, and imparted that love to his family and friends. His heart truly belonged to Paris. Bob was a fine musician, and his home was filled with song and joyful music. Many an evening was spent with friends gathered around the piano and organ to sing hymns and musical theater songs. Bob was an experienced actor and stage director and took part in productions at the university and in the community. He was also an avid bridge player. A Master-level player at age 15, he would never miss an opportunity to play the game.

His family will remember him as a loving, sensitive, goofy man. He was well loved by family and friends and will be sorely missed.

Memorials in his name to Unbound (Christian Foundation for Children) or the Williams College Department of Romance Languages may be addressed to Warren-McElwain….

A memorial mass will be held at 10 am on Monday, February 9th at Saint Lawrence Catholic Center on the KU campus. Private inurnment will follow at Pioneer Cemetery. A celebration of life is planned for the spring and will be announced at a later date.

8 Condolences

  1. Jan Kozma on February 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Corinne — I send you my sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. It’s always difficult to deal with transitions from here to there; my thoughts are with you and the boys. All Best, Jan

  2. Carol Hoffman-Bar on February 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Kathy Comfort on February 7, 2015 at 5:35 pm


    I’m so sorry for your loss. Bob is so much a part of my fond memories of my years at KU. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Kathy Comfort

  4. Jim Woelfel on February 8, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    We’re saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. Our condolences to you and your family at this time of loss and grief.
    Sarah Trulove & Jim Woelfel

  5. yaagul on February 9, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Seth s
    My condolences on your recent loss with your uncle it sounds that he lived a happy life but now is looking at you from some distant universe taking care of you and protecting you;is definitely in a better place.
    Yaagul E Davis
    Keep the faith.

  6. Ralph L. Pope III on February 13, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I have not seen Bob since graduation from Williams in 1965 but at the time we were good friends. I can remember his habit of singing along to any classical record I was playing, even if it was a Mozart symphony. He knew the music after hearing it a few times. I think he was one of my few classmates that had good taste in most things.
    sincere condolences,
    Ralph Pope
    South Dartmouth, Massachusetts

  7. Andrew Good on February 14, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Bob was my roommate for two years at Williams and, as I stated in my biography for the upcoming 50th reunion, he was my introduction to the fine arts, French poetry, and generalized mischief. I know how proud he was of the boys and I’m sorry for his early passing, denying him the opportunity to watch their lives. Allie and I send our sympathies to Corrine and the family.

  8. Constance Knop... Connie on May 25, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Hello Corinne. For some reason I thought of you and Bob and so did an internet search. I was saddened to read that Bob passed away some years ago. I don’t know if this message will be sent on to you but hope it will. My e mail is in case you want to send a message. I would love to hear from you.

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