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Paul Bernard Anderson

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Paul Bernard Anderson

Birth
Madrid, Boone County, Iowa, USA
Death
26 Jun 1985 (aged 90)
Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Burial
Whiting, Monona County, Iowa, USA Add to Map
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Paul Anderson spent his 48-year career working with the YMCAs International
Committee. He lived in Russia during the overthrow of the Czar and subsequent
attempts to establish a democratic government. He spent four years in Germany
before moving to Paris in 1921, where he provided leadership to the Russian
language YMCA Press for twenty-six years. The Press published over 400 titles,
including Russian Orthodox theologians, scholarly works related to Communism and
the original Russian text of three of Alexander Solzhenitzyn’s novels.
Anderson returned to New York in 1947 to serve as the Associate Executive
Secretary for World Service until his retirement in 1961. He was awarded the
French Legion of Honor with Palms and the Officer of the British Empire in
recognition of his WWII service in Europe.


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Paul Anderson, 90, Retired Ymca Exec
Chicago Tribune (July 4, 1985)
By Kenan Heise

Paul B. Anderson, 90, a retired executive with the International YMCA, was in
Russia during the Revolution in 1917 and 1918, in France during the Nazi
occupation in 1940 and 1941 and back in France right after D-Day.

For his work with prisoners of war in Europe, he received the French Legion of
Honor medal and was made an Honorary Officer of the British Empire. In 1972, the
Archbishop of Canterbury presented him with the Lambreth Cross for his work in
promoting good relations between Eastern Orthodox churches and Anglicanism.

A memorial service for Mr. Anderson will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Mark`s
Episcopal Church, Main and Hillside Streets, Glen Ellyn.

Mr. Anderson, who had retired to Black Mountain, N.C., died June 26 in Highland
Farms Health Care Center in Black Mountain.

Mr. Anderson, a native of Madrid, Ia., joined the YMCA staff while a third-year
student at the University of Iowa. His first assignment was in China in 1913 as
private secretary to the country`s YMCA secretary general.

Returning to the United States in the spring of 1917, he was appointed to a
similar position with John R. Mott, general secretary of the International YMCA
Committees, who was sent on a diplomatic mission by President Woodrow Wilson to
Petrograd (now Leningrad) to convey the greetings of the American people to the
Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Mr. Anderson accompanied Mott to Petrograd, and after Mott left, he stayed to do
relief work among prisoners of war. He lived there and in Moscow during the
Russian Revolution.

He returned to the United States in the autumn of 1918 and finished his studies
at the University of Iowa.

In 1920, he was appointed YMCA secretary for Russians living outside of the
Soviet Union, with headquarters first in Berlin and later in Paris. He helped
establish and then became director of the YMCA Press in Paris, which published
the Russian-language books on Orthodox theology and philosophy later banned in
the Soviet Union.

In 1941, after 13 months in Nazi-occupied France, he returned to do YMCA work in
New York.

Immediately after D-Day, he returned to France, where he became deputy secretary
general of war prisoners` aid for northwest Europe. He continued his work with
war prisoners until 1947, when he returned to New York to become associate
executive secretary of the International Committee of the YMCA.

Mr. Anderson retired from the YMCA in 1961, but he immediately became a
consultant in the Department of International Affairs of the National Council of
Churches. This led to his highly recognized work in the field of Anglican-
Orthodox relations.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Mary Glenn; a son, J. Peter;
six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers; and a sister.

Courtesy - Family Finder (#48231815) 11/2015
Paul Anderson spent his 48-year career working with the YMCAs International
Committee. He lived in Russia during the overthrow of the Czar and subsequent
attempts to establish a democratic government. He spent four years in Germany
before moving to Paris in 1921, where he provided leadership to the Russian
language YMCA Press for twenty-six years. The Press published over 400 titles,
including Russian Orthodox theologians, scholarly works related to Communism and
the original Russian text of three of Alexander Solzhenitzyn’s novels.
Anderson returned to New York in 1947 to serve as the Associate Executive
Secretary for World Service until his retirement in 1961. He was awarded the
French Legion of Honor with Palms and the Officer of the British Empire in
recognition of his WWII service in Europe.


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Paul Anderson, 90, Retired Ymca Exec
Chicago Tribune (July 4, 1985)
By Kenan Heise

Paul B. Anderson, 90, a retired executive with the International YMCA, was in
Russia during the Revolution in 1917 and 1918, in France during the Nazi
occupation in 1940 and 1941 and back in France right after D-Day.

For his work with prisoners of war in Europe, he received the French Legion of
Honor medal and was made an Honorary Officer of the British Empire. In 1972, the
Archbishop of Canterbury presented him with the Lambreth Cross for his work in
promoting good relations between Eastern Orthodox churches and Anglicanism.

A memorial service for Mr. Anderson will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Mark`s
Episcopal Church, Main and Hillside Streets, Glen Ellyn.

Mr. Anderson, who had retired to Black Mountain, N.C., died June 26 in Highland
Farms Health Care Center in Black Mountain.

Mr. Anderson, a native of Madrid, Ia., joined the YMCA staff while a third-year
student at the University of Iowa. His first assignment was in China in 1913 as
private secretary to the country`s YMCA secretary general.

Returning to the United States in the spring of 1917, he was appointed to a
similar position with John R. Mott, general secretary of the International YMCA
Committees, who was sent on a diplomatic mission by President Woodrow Wilson to
Petrograd (now Leningrad) to convey the greetings of the American people to the
Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Mr. Anderson accompanied Mott to Petrograd, and after Mott left, he stayed to do
relief work among prisoners of war. He lived there and in Moscow during the
Russian Revolution.

He returned to the United States in the autumn of 1918 and finished his studies
at the University of Iowa.

In 1920, he was appointed YMCA secretary for Russians living outside of the
Soviet Union, with headquarters first in Berlin and later in Paris. He helped
establish and then became director of the YMCA Press in Paris, which published
the Russian-language books on Orthodox theology and philosophy later banned in
the Soviet Union.

In 1941, after 13 months in Nazi-occupied France, he returned to do YMCA work in
New York.

Immediately after D-Day, he returned to France, where he became deputy secretary
general of war prisoners` aid for northwest Europe. He continued his work with
war prisoners until 1947, when he returned to New York to become associate
executive secretary of the International Committee of the YMCA.

Mr. Anderson retired from the YMCA in 1961, but he immediately became a
consultant in the Department of International Affairs of the National Council of
Churches. This led to his highly recognized work in the field of Anglican-
Orthodox relations.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Mary Glenn; a son, J. Peter;
six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers; and a sister.

Courtesy - Family Finder (#48231815) 11/2015


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