- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 11, 2006

Robert Allen Anderson, a retired CIA worker, died April 14 at his home in Upper Marlboro after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Anderson was born April 26, 1931, in New Haven, Conn., and grew up in Branford, Conn., until 1949. He graduated in 1953 from the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Mr. Anderson served as an Army officer and was stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., where he worked on guided missiles during the time of Sputnik. After being discharged from the Army in 1957 as a lieutenant, he moved first to Virginia and then to Maryland, where he lived the rest of his life.

Mr. Anderson began working at the CIA after earning his master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in 1960. He was a representative to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks in Geneva and served 30 years in the CIA, before retiring in 1990.

After his retirement, Mr. Anderson worked for System Planning Corp. and the Prince George’s County Board of Elections. He also volunteered at the Henson Creek Golf Course and Bethel United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and served on the pastor parish and trust committees.

Mr. Anderson also served as president of the Southern Prince George’s Republican Club and worked in numerous political campaigns. For this work, he received the Linda Callahan Award and the Yost Award.

Mr. Anderson also enjoyed golfing and gardening in his retirement years.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara of Upper Marlboro; a son, Douglas Anderson of Lake in the Hills, Ill.; a daughter, Valerie Anderson of Gibsonton, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 16101 Swanson Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, or to the American Cancer Society.

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