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Gladys Lunelle Abercrombie Anderson
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Birth: Mar. 10, 1922
Polk County
Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 2010
San Marcos
Hays County
Texas, USA

If you were a co-ed student at Southwest Texas State University in the 1960s and '70s, Lunelle Anderson had high expectations for your future and for how you should behave.

Anderson, the university's long-serving dean of women and former assistant to its president, died Monday. She was 88.

Known for her dry wit, old-fashioned manners and service to San Marcos and the school, now Texas State University, Anderson was beloved by former students and their families. She started the University Parents' Association, was elected an All Campus Favorite by students in 1975 and was named Dean of Women Emerita in 2002.

"She was very active and very well known to generations of students, male and female," said Anderson's friend Pat Murdock , the former director of the University News Service.

A graduate of Stephen F. Austin College and Sam Houston State University, she taught in the Livingston, Spring Branch, Texas City and Dickinson school districts before coming to San Marcos in 1965. There, she and her husband, Carl Anderson, were part of the team that opened the Gary Job Corps Center, where worked as a counselor.

Anderson was named dean of women at the university in 1967. She supervised nearly all aspects of women's student life at the university, including dormitory rules and advising sororities. She was known for her strict adherence to the rules. Always perfectly dressed and insistent upon good manners, she had the same standards for her students, Murdock said.

Another friend, Barbara Tidwell, said Anderson practiced what she preached.

"She was a great Texas lady," Tidwell said. "She never believed in bending her beliefs, even a little bit."

An avid Democrat, Anderson also was involved in local politics, including aiding a young U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett in his first run for the Texas Senate in 1973.

"Lunelle and her late husband Carl were a great team for San Marcos and Texas State," Doggett, an Austin Democrat, said in a statement. "Her love of Texas history, dedication to the future of Texas and her very presence will be missed by all of us who learned so much from her."

Friends said she had a love of history and served on the Governor's Commission for Women and the Texas Historical Commission. She retired from the university in 1984 but stayed active in fundraising and social events. An endowment was established in Anderson's name in 1996 at the university, and she was named to the San Marcos Women's Hall of Fame in 1990.

"Any event she did, it was elegant and glamorous and beautiful," Tidwell said.

Her husband of nearly 51 years, Carl Anderson, died in 2006. Lunelle Anderson is survived by her daughter, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"She taught me to have high expectations," her grandson Carlton Kincaid said. "She was a real lady."

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in San Marcos.

By: Patrick George, Austin American-Statesman, April 23, 2010.
Family links: 
  Thomas Marvin Abercrombie (1894 - 1971)
  Mary Martha Matthews Abercrombie (1896 - 1966)
  Carl Weldon Anderson (1929 - 2006)
  Roy Horace House (1919 - 2010)
  Mary Marvine Abercrombie (1917 - 1983)*
  Thomas Mardez Abercrombie (1919 - 1993)*
  Gladys Lunelle Abercrombie Anderson (1922 - 2010)
*Calculated relationship
San Marcos Cemetery
San Marcos
Hays County
Texas, USA
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Record added: Apr 24, 2011
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