LeMoyne W. Anderson passed away February 18, 2022 at his home in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was born August 16, 1923 in Wheaton MN to Ruth (Lundquist) and Walter Anderson.
After high school and one year of college, he enlisted in the US Army. During WWII, he served as a combat soldier in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany. While serving, he was wounded twice for which he was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. For his service, he was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the French Legion of Honor. His service included six campaigns, three amphibious landings, and escaping after being captured and held for several weeks in France. Upon his Honorable Discharge, Lee resumed his academic studies at the University of Minnesota where he received both his B.A. and B.S. and met his future wife, Hollis Pearson. They married in 1950, and moved to continue his studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He ultimately earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. from the U of I.
Dr. Anderson's professional career included academic appointments at Iowa State University, The University of Illinois Chicago, and Colorado State University where he served for twenty eight years, retiring Professor Emeritus in 1985. He also contributed to his profession by serving in leadership roles within the Colorado Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association of Research Libraries as well as publishing multiple scholarly works. Lee was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Fort Collins Lions Club. Throughout his life he was an avid sports fan and enjoyed being an active skier, ice skater, cyclist, tennis player, and runner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hollis, daughter, Victoria, brother Quintin, and sister, Celeste. He is survived by daughter, Kristine, five grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.
A memorial will be held in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Collins Lions Club Foundation and/or the University of Minnesota Foundation.
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