Donald Keith Anderson

July 15, 1931September 26, 2010

Donald Keith Anderson of Williamston died September 26, 2010 of brain cancer. He was born July 15, 1931 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to Milton and Edna Anderson. Survivors include his wife and companion of 53 years, Gina Garrett; daughters Shannon Coykendall (Kevin) and Amanda Wessel (Scott); grandchildren Samantha and Victoria Coykendall, and Cody Wessel; brother Gilmore Anderson (Jeanne); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Eugene Anderson (Viola).

Don was a quiet man of integrity, honor and intelligence, with keen interest in all the sciences. After retirement, he was most often found in his recliner chair, reading or perhaps watching Spartan sports on television, with his beloved cats vying for a place on his lap. He often enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting and dance events.

He received his graduate degrees at the University of Washington, and had dedicated his professional life to MSU’s Department of Chemical Engineering as a Professor who was devoted to his students, and for 18 years served as Chairman of the Department, then Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Anderson wrote and published numerous technical articles and was a member of several professional societies. He served on the Governor’s Board for Waste Site Development and was internationally renowned for his work with universities on four continents on standards for chemical engineering education.

Don’s special interest and love was for his cats, who grieve his loss also. Those desiring may honor his memory with donations to Purr-Fect Pals, Cat Tail Farms, or the Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science at Michigan State University. Cremation has taken place. Addresses may be obtained from Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, Williamston. There will be no formal service, but a memorial gathering will be held at a later date. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Williamton. On line condolences may be made to


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Julia Stratton

October 11, 2010

The world is a lesser place without him. He has an honored place in my heart.

Jim Feagin

October 10, 2010

My heart goes out to you in this time of your great loss.

Teresa Elliott

October 1, 2010

My heartfelt condolences to the family. He was a good man whom I both admired and respected. Hugs.

Brian Herner

October 1, 2010

My sympathies to the family.