Longtime Adjunct Professor Dies

Terry Anderson, a favorite part-time professor in the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies, passed away on November 20th, in Evanston. After teaching for many years at The American School, one of the country’s oldest correspondence high schools, Anderson began teaching at Roosevelt in 1980, and quickly became a sought-after instructor. After becoming a familiar adjunct at the downtown campus, Anderson taught for many years in the College’s External Studies Program (a precursor to RU Online), and later taught at the Schaumburg campus, primarily in the Seminar in the Humanities and Senior Thesis courses.  He enjoyed using short stories in his humanities courses, noting especially that he liked discussing “the surprise of story” with students and colleagues. One of his more popular themes in the humanities seminar was the horror story, which inevitably led to student evaluations that began with “I thought I was going to hate this class” and ended with “I loved it!” Anderson was also a visiting Assistant Professor in 2000-2001, and again in 2006-2007. His kindness and quick wit will be missed by many.

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3 thoughts on “Longtime Adjunct Professor Dies

  1. I greatly enjoyed knowing and working with Terry as a colleague at RU in the College of Professional Studies (neé University College), my academic home since 1996. He had a dry wit and sharp mind; and a soft-spoken, thoughtful demeanor that was ideal for the classroom. I have advised hundreds of RU undergrads over the years, and the many who took Terry’s classes spoke highly of him.

    I also recall Terry being very kind to my children, including when he gave a house-warming party one year and I took my little ones along (who turned out to be the only junior-sized attendees). When my first daughter was born, he gave her a small red telephone rattle toy — one that’s still sees action here in at home with my daughters when they play house. Funny how little things like that stand out in one’s mind.

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