March 4, 2008
Former MAA President Richard David Anderson, who served from 1981–82, died March 4 at the age of 86. He was Boyd Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University, where he had spent the majority of his career.
Anderson received his Bachelors degree from the University of Minnesota in two years, and was then recruited by Professor R.L. Moore to do his graduate studies at the University of Texas. His studies in Austin were interrupted by a stint in the Navy during World War II, but he returned to Texas in 1945 and completed his PhD three years later. Anderson then taught at the University of Pennsylvania until 1956 when he joined the faculty at LSU.
Anderson became a member of the MAA in 1941 and received the prestigious Award for Distinguished Service in 1978. Besides serving as the Association’s 39th president, Anderson made contributions to a variety of other MAA activities, such as serving on the Board of Governors, the finance committee, CUPM, and chairing a number of other committees. Anderson also penned an article in the inaugural issue of FOCUS.