Robert D. and Pauline J. Anderson, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Robert D. and Pauline J. Anderson


Submitted by Robert D. Anderson

I was born in Randolph County, Indiana and my wife Pauline (Polly) Schaeffer in Fremont, Indiana. We met in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where we were married in 1936. During the next few years we were transferred by my employer, The Burroughs Corporation, to Kokomo; back to Fort Wayne and then to Chicago where we lived until I joined the McGill Manufacturing Company in May of 1942. Since that date we have made Valparaiso our home and I worked for the McGill Company until my retirement as president in 1974.

During these years Polly has been active in community life; her interest and talents in music found outlets as soloist and choir director for many years at the First United Methodist Church and as past president of the Valparaiso Community Concert Association. She still serves as member of the board of the latter organization and was privileged to serve as the first president of the Porter County Bicentennial Committee. She was also active for several years in the Tri Kappa Sorority, serving as president of the local chapter as well as a Province Officer.

Through these years, I also have been involved in many civic activities in the community as well as some regional and statewide responsibilities. I served as Porter County's Representative in the Indiana Legislature during 1965-1966 and am presently serving a second term on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, representing the second congressional district. I still serve as a director on the board of the McGill Company and the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Valparaiso, and have remained active in community affairs.

Polly and I reared two sons, Thomas and Jeffrey, both attending Valparaiso's fine elementary and secondary schools before moving on to college, Tom to DePauw University and then to Stanford for graduate work and Jeffrey to Purdue and Indiana University School of Medicine. Tom has been employed by I. B. M. for several years and lives in North Hollywood, California with his wife Janice and two sons, Jeffrey and Christopher. Our second son, Jeffrey and his wife Sharon live in Larkspur, California where he is a practicing family physician with offices in nearby Mill Valley.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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