OBITUARY

Dr. Laura Gaddes Anderton

September 6, 1918February 19, 2011

Dr. Laura G. Anderton

Laura Gaddes Anderton, 92, of 312 W. Drewry Lane, Raleigh, formerly of Greensboro passed away Saturday, February 19, 2011 at her residence.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the First Baptist Church Chapel. Interment will be at a later date in the Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, she graduated from Wellesley College with an A.B in 1940, Brown University with a M.S. in 1948, the University of London with a certificate in 1953 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in 1959. She was acting Dean and Biology Instructor, Howard Seminary from 1940-43, Lieutenant (s.g.) W.A.V.E.S., U.S.N.R. 1943- 1946, Hospital Corps School, Naval Medical Center, Bethesda 1944-45, an instructor at Brown University 1946-48, an instructor at University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1948-1959, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1959-66, Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1966-87, Associate Dean of the College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 1960-63, visiting Consultant in Cytogenetics, The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital 1969-75.

A member of the First Baptist Church in Greensboro, she was also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Society of Human Genetics, the American Society of Zoologists, Association of Southeastern Biologists, International Union Against Cancer, the North Carolina Academy of Science, Sigma Xi and the Tissue Culture Association. She was a Fulbright Scholar, University of London, 1952-53, Danforth Fellowship, 1955-56, Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, UNC-G, 1964, the Founders Award, Delta Kappa Gamma, 1983 and the North Carolina First Southeast Star of Delta Kappa Gamma International, 2008. Ms. Anderton was also the recipient of the following Grants in Genetics and Birth Defects, Doris Duke Project, 1963, United Medical Research Foundation of NC, 1965, Research Council, UNC-G, 1965-1984, Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, 1966. She received Grants in Cancer Research from the National Institutes of Health, 1968-1971, United Health Services of NC, 1971, Excellence Fund, UNC-G, 1972 and the Sternberger Foundation, 1975-76. Her publication included, Anderton, L.G. 1959. Differentiation and proliferation in the development of amphibian adrenals. J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 75:73-74.

Miss Anderton was preceded in death by her parents, Ellery and Florence Gaddes Anderton, her brother, Earl Anderton, sister, Artemise Anderton Fredericks, her nephews, Norman Fredericks and Harold Fredericks, Jr. and her niece, Hope Anderton Tuttle.

Surviving are her great nieces and nephews and their children. A very special thank you to Louise Freeman and Gracie Eakes for their loving care and support.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

There will be a reception for family and friends following the service at the church.

Online condolences may be made to www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 26, 2011
REMEMBERING

Dr. Laura Gaddes Anderton

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Mary Setzer Maness

February 26, 2011

I had the privilege of taking both Histology and Embryology courses under Dr. Anderton while I was a student at UNCG. I know she taught these courses many times over, but there was a sense of excitement and discovery in every class. I will never forget her warmth and enthusiasm for life and learning. We have lost a treasure.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff

February 23, 2011

When I came to UNCG as a young faculty member in Biology in 1986, Laura Anderton was still an active member of the Department, and one of the nicest people on the faculty. She helped me feel welcome, and did all she could to help get my lab established. I remember her, and miss her, as a warm and intelligent woman who made life better for everyone she had contact with.

Donna Fredericks

February 23, 2011

When I first met Aunt Laura (actually my husband's aunt)I was so intrigued by her. She was full of life. Always interested in what was going on with the family. I loved talking medicine with her, such an extremely intelligent woman who was actually interestd in my views regarding the nursing field. I just loved listening to her talk, the stories from her days of teaching, her research and the family as they were growing up. Since Gram Fred passed, time just flew by with little conversations. She was always in my thoughts. I have great respect for Aunt Laura and will miss her. I just know in my heart she has joined her sister and family. Donna Fredericks, West Greenwich, Rhode Island

Ellen Strawbridge Yarborough

February 23, 2011

Dr. Anderton was not only a friend to students and alumni--she made us feel that she was introducing each being under the microscope as a personal friend! That spoke to us of her spirited character, as well as her knowledge. She was appreciated, and she will be missed.

February 23, 2011

I was saddened to hear of her death. I worked many years with her and the faculty in the Biology Department. Our prayers are with her family at this time. Pat McCarron, Wilmington, NC

Henrietta Swayne Franklin

February 23, 2011

I was fortunate to have Dr. Anderton as my biology instuctor in 1956. She was a gifted teacher and a model for all young women. She encouraged us to ask "why".

Phyllis Shaw

February 23, 2011

This UNCG English major had Dr. Anderton for Biology 101 lecture. Despite the large lecture-hall setting, Dr. Anderton knew me by name. Through her wonderful lectures and her genuine interest in my questions, she inspired and encouraged me to do my best in what obviously was not my main interest. Whenever I saw her over the years since then, she exhibited the same warmth and graciousness. I will always treasure my memories of her.

Nancy Chew

February 22, 2011

I first met Laura Anderton in 1960 when I was a freshman at W.C. I was her lab assistant and came to admire her and love her very much. After she became Dean Anderton, she was a compassionate and fair arbiter of a couple of jams I got into. She has been a role model for me ever since.

Thomas Fredericks

February 22, 2011

My Aunt Laura, obviously the brains of the family.A very friendly,loving,down to earth happy lady,as I remember her.She never failed to send us a gift of Cracker Barrel cheese every Christmas,even during the declining years,which always amazed me because she lived in N.C. and we didn't get a chance to visit her down there.Our family will miss her,but I know she's with her family and friends in heaven.

Amy Tuttle Lawton

February 21, 2011

My brothers, husband and I will miss our fascinating, intelligent, loving, empathetic, intellectual, sensitive, fun, goofy, warm, and magical Great Aunt. She was very special to us despite our distance. Thank you Aunt Laura for all that you taught us and for leaving a mark that we will forever hold closely to our hearts. We are glad you are now with Opa (brother), Hopie (niece), Art, Dot and all of your other friends and family. You touched so many lives and we are grateful to have been some of them. We love you,
Amy, Kyle, Brooks and Jeff

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