John Anderson

Obituary of John Anderson

John W. Anderson (Jack), age 77, lost his battle with cancer on September 6, 2018 at Florida Hospital DeLand, Florida.  Jack was born in Quincy, Mass to Alexander and Marion Olson Anderson.  His family moved to Vermont in 1947 and he graduated from Essex high school in 1960. After graduating in Social Sciences from Johnson State College, Jack joined the US Air Force, where he met his first wife, Jeanne Mars. She was a fellow AF officer.

The two served together in Texas, Libya, and Montana. In 1971 Jeanne left the AF when their son Jon was born, and Jack joined the reserves and went back to school.

Jack received his MS in International Studies from Florida State and began his teaching career at LaGrange College in Georgia while finishing his PhD from Emory University in Political Science. His articles have appeared in the Southeastern Political Review and in the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. After serving as a Professor and Chairman of the Department of History and Political Science at LaGrange for nineteen years, he and Jeanne moved to Spartanburg, SC where he served as Academic Dean of Spartanburg Methodist College.

After his troops returned from their deployment in the first Gulf War, Jack retired from the Air Force Reserves, a Colonel and Commander of the 402nd Combat Logistics Support Squadron at Robins AFB Georgia.

He and Jeanne moved to Milledgeville, Georgia where he became Vice President and Dean of Faculties at Georgia Military College.

Jeanne passed away while they lived in Milledgeville and Jack remained at GMC until his retirement in 2007.

In addition to his two careers, Jack was active in all the communities where he lived. He served terms as President in homeowners’ associations, as an advisor and board member in county authorities. He served for 30 years on the board for a scholarship trust at his undergraduate college. 

He is survived by his wife of sixteen years, Janet Hubbard Anderson, son Jon Eric Anderson (Kim) and grandchildren Jed and Murphy Anderson; children Rachel (Ritchie) Tabachnick, Sara (Bill) Liebel, Rebecca (Kevin) Caravati, Don (Christy) Voyles; grandchildren Laura (Andrew) Lewis, Michael Haddow, Joseph Haddow, Lillie Caravati, Will Liebel, Jordan Liebel, Hannah Liebel, and great granddaughter Gabrielle Lewis.

In his own words, “Photography has been a true hobby for me where a day or two would be spent hiking into a Vermont or North Carolina waterfall or visiting known butterfly haunts in South Carolina or Florida to indulge in time away from the real world of academics or the military. After retirement, the hobby became a passionate effort to see the world in a more sensuous way. The ability to capture the joy of a butterfly’s flight, the beauty of a predator in flight, and the majesty of mountains and glaciers in places remote and breathtaking became a new quest. My journeys have included time in 49 of our 50 states and in many other nations from Canada, Germany, Italy, Greece, Malta, Mexico, and many of the island nations in the Caribbean and in the Kingdom of Libya. My cameras have been consistent companions and have enabled me to enjoy the visits over and over again.”

Services will be at First Congregational Church, 201 W University Ave., Orange City, FL 32763 at 1:00 PM, Saturday September 29, 2018. Rather than sending flowers, please donate in his name to the following scholarship funds: The Jeanne Anderson Scholarship Fund, Georgia Military College Foundation, 201 E Greene St., Milledgeville, GA 31061 or The Alumni Scholarship Fund, Office of Development & Alumni Relations, Johnson State College, 337 College Hill, Johnson, VT 05656.