12/10/2009 - Scholarship endowed to honor alumna Claudine Spencer Anderson
By Michael J. Brooks
Anderson, who died in 1984, was a native of Marion. She taught English at Francis Marion High School before beginning her career at Judson where she served as registrar, assistant librarian, director of alumnae affairs and as assistant professor of English.
She conducted some 15 study tours to Europe, taking Judson students during their spring break.
Anderson earned her bachelor's degree from Judson and her master's degree from The University of Alabama where she also did study toward her Ph.D.
She married Paul B. Anderson in 1941. He was employed in the insurance industry for 32 years and served several terms as Marion mayor.
Former Marion Military Institute president Col. Jim Benson praised Paul Anderson at a ceremony in 2005 for having been instrumental in bringing industry to the area and being an active supporter of MMI and the larger community.
Anderson remains a member of the Marion United Methodist Church and the Marion Lions Club and is a Master Mason.
"The Claudine Spencer Anderson Scholarship Fund" will be awarded for the first time in the next academic year. Guidelines specify that the scholarship will be awarded to Judson students on the basis of scholarship, character and need.
The Anderson's daughter, Beverly, attended Judson in the early 70s and is now managing director and senior vice president for business development at XanGo, LLC. She is a member of the American Management Association, the National Association for Female Executives, Lexington Who's Who and Cosmetic Executive Women. She was included by "Utah Business" magazine on their list of "30 Women to Watch" in business.
Hollister spoke to Judson students in April, 2008 during the spring Honors Convocation, urging them to follow their dreams to success in their chosen vocations.
"Judson College is very grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Hollister for the establishment of the generous scholarship," said Judson president Dr. David Potts. "It will not only help worthy young women, but also honors the memory of a highly esteemed alumna and devoted faculty member."
* Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.