Dr. Robert Garfield Anderson

July 16, 1926 – Jan. 17, 2011

Dr. Robert Garfield Anderson, 84, of Waukesha, passed away Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. He was born July 16, 1926, in Pyongyang, Korea, to Dr. A. Garfield Anderson and Hattie Florence Anderson (nee Peterson) while they were serving as Methodist medical missionaries in Korea.

Dr. Anderson served in the U.S. Navy in 1944 and 1946. He then received his Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University and went on to receive his doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1952. He performed his internship at Wesley (Northwestern) Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and residency at Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood, Ill. During his career, he was distinguished by election as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1968 and served as head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. He also practiced in the Chicago area (Glenview, Ill.), specializing in ophthalmology for 20 years. He later practiced in Racine, specializing in ophthalmology, where he served the community for 24 years.

Dr. Anderson was preceded in death by his brother, John A. Anderson, D.D.S; and sisters, Vera and Lisa.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ruth Helen (Hjorth); sons, Paul (Lindy), Mark (Laura) and John (Bev); daughters, Katherine and Christine (Hernan); 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service honoring Dr. Anderson’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, Town of Brookfield, WI 53045.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests consideration of a donation to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066 (920-474-7800).

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 786-8030 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.