|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1911|
|Death: ||Mar. 22, 1996|
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Albin T. Anderson, 85 educator, historian and linguist : Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - Wednesday, March 27, 1996
Deceased Name: Albin T. Anderson, 85 educator, historian and linguist
Albin T. Anderson, a multilingual educator who taught in three countries and later oversaw a continuing education program for seniors, died of leukemia Friday at Thornton Hospital.
Mr. Anderson, 85, was an expert in modern European and Soviet history, which he taught for more than 30 years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He moved to San Diego after his retirement in 1979 and served from 1984 to 1985 as president of the Institute for Continued Learning at the University of California San Diego.
From 1955 to 1957, Mr. Anderson was among a handful of American professors who joined educators from three Turkish universities to outline plans for Ataturk University in Erzurum.
He served as a visiting professor in 1963 at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, training Latin American students in English for careers in international business and politics.
"He was giving final exams the day President Kennedy was assassinated," Mr. Anderson's wife, Pauline, said. "At dinner in a restaurant that night, expressions of sympathy were sent by the Mexicans to our table.
Mr. Anderson, a native of Seattle, Wash., received a bachelor's degree in history and German at San Jose State University. He earned master's and doctorate degrees at the University of California Berkeley and was awarded an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship to Sweden in 1937.
Fourteen years later, while teaching in Nebraska, he received a Ford Foundation Fellowship, enabling him to study at Harvard University's Russian Research Center.
He developed fluency in various Scandinavian languages and German and could read Russian.
Several of his articles, focusing on Scandinavia and Soviet foreign policy, were published in historical journals over the years.
In the early stages of World War II, Mr. Anderson worked for a shipbuilding firm in Richmond, then served from 1943 to 1945 as a junior communications officer in the Navy's 7th Fleet.
After the war, while teaching full time at Nebraska, he campaigned for the Democratic party's nomination to the U.S. Senate. Failing to receive the nomination, he devoted all his energies to a career in education that would earn him a distinguished teacher award at Nebraska.
At the time of his death, he was a professor emeritus.
The Andersons had an extended family of students, housing four high school seniors from Europe for a year.
"Three of those kids and their extended families are our surrogate kids, (and) wonderfully hospitable when we could visit Europe," Mr. Anderson wrote. Two of the students attended the Andersons' 50th wedding anniversary in 1992.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Paul of Sacramento and Oscar of Kalispell, Mont.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley. Donations are suggested to the Institute for Continued Learning Development Fund, UCSD Extension, or to Memorial Garden at First United Methodist Church.
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