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Howard B. Anderson

May 18, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - Retired MTU professor, Howard B. Anderson, 95, of Hancock, died on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Cypress Manor where he had been a resident for the past two years.

Howard was born December 13, 1914 in Escanaba, a son of Oscar and Edie Anderson.

He later moved to Bark River and to Iron Mountain where he graduated from high school. He received his BA degree from Northern Michigan University and an MA degree from the University of Michigan in 1939.

Howard began his long teaching career in L'Anse where he met his future wife, Selma Halquist. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Technical Sergeant, serving with the Office of Strategic Services in North Africa and Italy.

In 1945, he returned to teach in Peshtigo, Wis. until his marriage to Selma in June of 1946. They then moved to Hancock where Howard began his career at the Michigan College of Mining and Technology until his retirement in 1981.

At MTU, he achieved the title of professor of Mathematics and was especially proud of his distinguished teaching award.

Howard was a member of Portage Lake United Church in Houghton, Dollar Bay VFW, Copper Country Kiwanis Club, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Ahmed Shrine, Order of Eastern Star, founding member of the Hancock Public Schools Foundation and numerous professorial societies.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Selma; and his parents.

He is survived by a daughter, Suzelle (Bill) Benett of Akron, Ohio; a son, Dr. William (Sally) Anderson of Hancock; a brother, Oscar Wesley Anderson of the Bluffs, Houghton; grandchildren, Amanda (Ryan) Mihelich, Dr. Todd Anderson, Morgan Anderson, Brianna Bennett and Elena Bennett.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2010 at the O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock where friends may call for an hour before services. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Hancock Public Schools Foundation in memory of Howard Anderson.

The O'Neill-Dennis Funeral Home in Hancock is assisting with his arrangements.

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