Dr. Richard T. ‘Dick’ Anderson
Nov. 7, 1934 – July 9, 2010
Richard T. "Dick" Anderson of Pewaukee passed away unexpectedly
Friday, July 9, 2010, at the Boston Medical Center while traveling.
He was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 7, 1934, the son of the late Carl Otto
and Stella Alvina (nee Nessman) Anderson. He graduated from Washington
High School in Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Stout and received
his EDD from Marquette University. Dick served in the U.S. Air Force. As
former Waukesha County Technical College president, Dick had played an
integral role in the evolution of Waukesha County Technical College from a
city vocational school to a countywide college with a national reputation
for innovative programs and quality.
Originally hired as a woodworking teacher in 1957, Dick served in almost
every capacity at the college: guidance counselor, coach, curriculum
coordinator, supervisor of instruction, assistant director and president.
During his 29 years of leadership, the college underwent tremendous growth
in enrollments and programs. Rather than placing emphasis on the quantity
of programs, Dick’s philosophy was to follow sograms to reflect
workplace needs. During Anderson’s presidency, one of the several
building projects was the Workforce Development Center.
He provided the vision and leadership to challenge the status quo in the
educational system. The programs and services at the college, which have
stemmed from Dr. Anderson’s emphasis on a student-centered learning
environment, have helped WCTC become the leader in work force development
for Waukesha County and a nationally known innovator in education.
A distinguished recipient of numerous awards and accolades over his
career, Dr. Anderson had also been lifetime member of the World Future
Society; a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club, receiving the George F.
Hixson Fellow Award; and had also received the Governor’s Diamond Award
for Exceptional Programs that Break the Glass Ceiling. He was also proud
to have received the Educator Alumnus of the Year Award from Marquette
In addition, Dick was active in the Kiwanis Early Risers of Waukesha and
had served as district governor in 2007-08 of the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan
District. He also supported the Potawatami Area Boy Scouts, the Haiti
Nursing School at Caprofors in Maribeleis, Haiti, and had served in
numerous chairman capacities for Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Dick was also
a three-term president for the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra and a longtime
member of the Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ in
Waukesha, serving on various councils and committees.
Dick will be fondly remembered by his children, Richard "Rick"
(Paula) Anderson of Garland, Texas, Sandy (Steve) Anderson-Payne of
Waukesha and Robert (Denise) Anderson of Oconomowoc, and his stepsons,
Glenn (Patty) Laird, Robert (Franchesca) Laird, Bill Laird, John Laird and
Donn (Pam) Laird. He will also be remembered for his involvement with and
funloving attention to his grandchildren, Andy, Tom, Dan, Chris, Kenzie
and Carolyn. He is further survived by a brother, Donald (Nancy) Anderson
of Brookfield; sister-in-law, Margie Anderson of Sussex; and nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends.
Richard was a very devoted husband, father and grandpa. He was proud of
his grandchildren and enjoyed spending individual time traveling with each
child to a destination of their choice from Alaska to Peru.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Beatrice, in
1999; his second wife, Elaine, in 2010; and his brother, David.
Visitation for Dr. Anderson will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday,
July 15, at Waukesha County Technical College, Richard T. Anderson
Education Center Entrance, 800 Main St., Pewaukee. Visitation continues
from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Friday, July 16, at the
Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, 413 Wisconsin Ave.,
Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. James Gorman will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the WCTC Foundation, c/o
Dr. Richard T. Anderson, 800 Main St., Pewaukee, WI 53072; the Evangelical
& Reformed United Church of Christ; or to the Haiti School Fund, c/o
E&R United Church of Christ at the above address.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning
Services is serving the family. For further information, please call
542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence,