Roland Bennett Anderson
October 23, 1913 – December 9, 2010
Major General Roland B. Anderson passed away December 9, 2010. He was predeceased in 1999 by his wife of 55 years, Gene Cox Anderson. He is survived by his brother Richard Anderson; three children: Audrey Joan Anderson of Corpus Christie, Texas; Roland Bruce Anderson of Deland, FL; and Gene Cristina Anderson of Naples, Florida; six grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Andy is also survived by his sweetheart, Lee Craft of Naples, Fl.
General Anderson retired in Naples in 1971. He was elected to the Collier County School Board and served three years as its Chairman. He was subsequently elected to the Naples City Council and was twice elected Mayor the City. He was involved in various civic undertakings and was president of the collier County Heart Association for several years. He was on the Board of Trustees of the David Lawrence Center of a number of years and was a member of the David Lawrence Foundation for six years and served as its chairman for two years. He was a member of the Royal Poinciana Golf Club, the Naples Yacht Club and the Retired Officers’ Association.
General Anderson attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated the U.S. military Academy at West Point in 1938, subsequently attending MIT. He was in the Pacific during the major part of WWII and served as Ordnance Staff Officer for the anti-aircraft command, Central Pacific. He returned to the office of Chief of Ordnance in the Pentagon for several years, was stationed with the U.S. army mission to Peru and returned to the Pentagon. He graduated from the Army Warm College and was Commanding Officer of the Boston Procurement District. He was the Assistant Chief of Staff G-4 for the U.S. Army Logistics Command in Europe. He subsequently commanded the Army Weapons Command which was responsible for the research, production and maintenance of all the weapons in the Army (rifles through main battle tanks). He returned to the Office of Secretary of the Army for the third time and was the Director of Army Procurement. His last four and one-half years were busy ones that he would never forget.
Upon graduation from West Point, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Artillery and rose to the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart and several foreign decorations including the prestigious Order of British Empire (OBE).
Memorial Services will be held 11: A.M. on January 14, 2011 at the Trinity By the Cove Espiscopal Church
- Memorial Service Friday, January 14, 2011