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Donald William Anderson

February 2, 1932 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Donald Anderson Obituary

Donald (Don) William Anderson, 91, of Winfield, KS passed away on December 26, 2023. His extended family members were able to spend time with him over the Christmas Holiday.

Don was born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on February 2, 1932 to Nathanael and Henrietta Anderson. He first lived in the tiny community of Carroll, Manitoba located south of Brandon. When he was 2 years old, they moved to Ontario, Canada where they lived in various locations as his father was a pastor.  During his high school years he lived in Maidstone, Ontario and graduated from nearby Essex High School. Don attended the University of Windsor where he received his B.A. (major in English) in 1954.  He then attended Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto where he received his M.Div. in 1957.  Following in his father’s footsteps, he completed his training to become a minister for the United Church of Canada.

Don met the love of his life, Margaret Ann Newell in 1952 at a dance for young people.  They dated for three years while Don was at university. He married Margaret Ann in Windsor, Ontario on September 10, 1955 and they honeymooned at Niagara Falls. Three years after they were married while living in Worcester, MA, they welcomed their oldest child Elizabeth Ruth, into the world. They traveled back to Boston for her birth. A year later while living in Worcester, MA, Robert Paul joined the family. In 1963 while living in Gardner, MA, David Scott was born. They traveled back to Worcester for his birth. Karen Leslie was born in 1966 in Winfield, KS (true Kansan). Don and Margaret Ann were married for 63 fulfilling years.

In 1957, Don began graduate studies in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling at Boston University and Clinical Pastoral Training at Boston State Hospital. At some point he switched from the Master’s program to the Ph.D. program at Boston University. While in Massachusetts he worked as a pastor at Methodist Churches in Worcester and Gardner. With his class work complete, he began the search for a full-time position in either teaching or chaplaincy. He followed a Methodist pipeline and sent his credentials to a clearinghouse in Nashville, TN.

In 1966, a teaching job became available at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS which Don accepted. During the summer he worked at the Winfield State Hospital and Training Center and was a pastor at the Methodist Church in Geuda Springs, KS. In 1968, after many late nights working on his 400+ page dissertation which Margaret Ann typed, Don received his Ph.D. (psychology) from Boston University.  Don was Professor of Psychology at Southwestern College for 29 years. He was the one man Psychology Department for most of those years. Margaret Ann and all four kids took classes from Don and they all agreed that he was a tough grader. 

He retired from Southwestern College in 1995, and was named Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He kept in touch with many of his students over the years. He participated in 14 January Term classes which may be a college record. Don remained a Canadian citizen his entire life. Don lived in 9 communities before putting down roots in Winfield, KS for 57 years.

Don had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. His interests included teaching, hockey, reading, social justice issues, travel, jazz music, snow skiing, golfing, photography, family vacations, camping and home renovation.  He and Margaret Ann visited 29 countries across 6 continents. He exceled at “making friends” on vacation. They met many interesting people in their travels and were introduced to many new foods. They both taught in Liberia for a few weeks before civil war broke out.

Don was involved in numerous organizations. He served as the President of the Kansas Psychological Association and as President of the Kansas Council on Crime and Delinquency. He was a board member and grant writer for the Wichita Jazz Festival for many years.  He was a board member and treasurer for the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas.  Don was the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Winfield Day Care Center.  He was a board member and trial monitor for the Coalition Against the Death Penalty. He was President of the Community Relations Board of the Winfield Correctional Facility.

Don was preceded in death by wife Margaret Ann, daughter Elizabeth, parents Nat and Etta, and sister Ruth (James) Flood.  Don is survived by sons, Robert (Mary) of Webster Groves, MO and David (Charlene) of WaKeeney, KS, daughter Karen of Wichita, KS, as well as grandchildren Kelly, Kathleen (Daniel) Sprehe, Kerry, Emma (Aaron) Satran, Benjamin, and great grandson Camden Satran. 

A celebration of the life of Donald William Anderson will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 11:00am at Grace United Methodist Church, 320 College St., Winfield, KS followed by a luncheon in the Grace Fellowship Hall for family and friends.  A private interment will take place at Union-Graham Cemetery, 433 N. Michigan, Winfield, KS later that day. 

Donations in honor of Donald William Anderson may be made to the Donald W. Anderson Psychology Scholarship at Southwestern College, UNICEF or The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty, Donations may also be left in the care of the Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield.

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Celebration of Life
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM
Grace United Methodist Church
320 College St.
Winfield, Kansas 67156


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