Our good friend and colleague, Roger Anderson, died unexpectedly on October 19, 2014. Roger was our Region’s ASOR Coordinator and was serving his second three-year term. His humor and dedication to ASOR and the Region will be deeply missed.
Roger William Anderson Jr. Ph.D.
Dec. 1, 1948-Oct.19, 2014 Roger William Anderson, Jr., Ph.D., died unexpectedly on October 19, 2014 at home. He was born December 1, 1948 to Roger and Elva Anderson (both deceased) in Centralia, Washington. The family moved soon afterwards to Longview, Wash., where Roger graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1967. He attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where he met his wife, Arletta (Prestbye) Anderson, and they were married in August 1970 in Canby, Ore. In 1971, Roger entered seminary at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Following internship in Bismarck, N.D., Roger graduated from LSTC and began a doctoral program in Hebrew scripture at the University of Chicago. Roger spent several summers in Israel, excavating at the Tel el-Hesi site; most recently he was categorizing artifacts from the dig site, and published a report in Palestine Exploration Quarterly. Roger was an active member of Queen Anne Lutheran, where Arletta serves as cantor. He taught adult education classes and was the Northwest Washington Synod (ELCA) representative for the ELCA initiative “Book of Faith” as well as a member of the Board for ELCA Campus Ministry at the University of Washington. Roger is survived by his wife of 44 years, Arletta (Prestbye) of Mukilteo; daughter, Brita (Nick DiTola) and granddaughter, Luciana, of Aurora, Illinois; sister, Kathleen (Bob Lewis) of Mill Creek, Wash. Contributions in his memory can be made to Queen Anne Lutheran Church, Seattle, www.queenannelutheran.org or the Oriental Institute, Chicago http://oi.uchicago.edu/support/how-give A memorial service will be held at Queen Anne Lutheran Church on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 4 p.m.