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Dr. Truman O. Anderson Jr.

March 26, 1927 July 6, 2019
Dr. Truman O. Anderson Jr.
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Dr. Truman O. Anderson, Jr. died peacefully on the afternoon of 6 July 2019 after suffering a stroke last week. The long-time Oak Park resident was a venerated professor of medicine and former executive dean at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Chicago (UIC), where he taught for more than 50 years.

A native of Chicago’s South Side Roseland neighborhood, he was born on 26 March, 1927. He grew up in Glenwood, Illinois, the son of Truman O. Anderson, Sr., also a physician, and Myrtle V. Anderson (née Andersen), a homemaker and optometrist. He attended Bloom High School in Chicago Heights before enlisting in the United States Navy at the age of 17 in 1944 and serving as a hospital corpsman. Upon discharge, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on the G.I. Bill, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1950. He went on to earn M.S. (1952) and Ph.D. (1955) degrees in microbiology and an M.D. (1960) from the UIC College of Medicine in Chicago.

During the next ten years, he taught both at UIC and at Cook County Hospital. He held professorships in both medicine and microbiology, including the Keeton Professorship. From 1969 onward, he entered administration full time at UIC. He was dean of the School of Basic Sciences from 1970 to 1976 and served as executive dean of the University’s four medical campuses in Chicago, Rockford, Peoria, and Urbana-Champaign from 1976 to 1980. Dr. Anderson established the UIC College of Medicine’s James Scholar Program for Independent Study and led that program for many years. One of his proudest moments at UIC was his successful effort, undertaken with many colleagues, to maintain the independence of the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago in 1989. In 2007, in recognition for his lifetime of service, Dr. Anderson received the unique Conscience of the College Award from the UIC College of Medicine. He retired in 2011.

Dr. Anderson met his wife, Mary Ann Anderson (née Heineken) on a blind date and they were married in Emden, Illinois, in 1953 while he was finishing his medical studies. Together they had four children: Mary Beth, Barbara, Truman, and Amy. The family moved to Oak Park in 1960 and took an active part in community life for many years. Dr. Anderson served on the board of Oak Park-River Forest High School from 1978 to 1980.

Family life was of central importance to Dr. Anderson and he reveled in the company of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his children Mary Beth Logas, Barbara (Richard) Hickey, Truman O. Anderson III (Caroline Humes) and Amy Anderson (David) de Jong; his grandchildren William Logas, Daniel (Kristen) Logas, Richard, Meghan, Elizabeth, Kelly, and Sean Hickey, Erik and Eleanor Anderson, and Evan and Sonja de Jong.

Visitation 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday July 9 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 South Marion Street, Oak Park. Funeral service Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street River Forest. Interment will be private.

Dr. Anderson’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be directed to: The University of Illinois College of Medicine (, or; Amita Hospice (

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3:00 PM 7/9/2019 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/9/2019 8:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 7/10/2019 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 7/10/2019 11:30:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305

Grace Lutheran Church
7300 Division St. River Forest 60305 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

The University of Illinois College of Medicine

Harker Hall
1305 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Amita Health Alexian Brothers Hospice Care

1515 E. Lake St., Ste. 206
Hanover Park, IL 60133

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