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Robert Anderson, Henrie Monteith Treadwell, and James Solomon in 1963
From left, Robert Anderson, Henrie Monteith Treadwell, and James Solomon on campus in 1963.

Continued: Robert Anderson

One of his social work co-workers shared this thought at Anderson's memorial service in January: "We hold our belief in the sacredness of life even--maybe especially--for the least among us. We sit at desks and do our damndest to persuade and cajole, to push the lost, the crazy, and the addicted into living one more day. ... People like Bob don't burn out. Everything that could burn out already had decades ago."

'He was glad he came back'

Raskin marvels at the kindness that was his trademark. "It was amazing that he was this gentle soul, a supportive and nurturing man, especially considering his experiences on campus, the death of his father, and Vietnam.

"He would let you talk to him about your problems, but he didn't put out his stuff. He would rather listen."

In 1988, Anderson returned to campus for the 25th anniversary of South Carolina's desegregation. Grace McFadden, a now-deceased history and African American Studies professor, had organized the event in hopes of promoting healing and understanding.

"We were walking across campus that day," Solomon says, "and he said he was glad he came back, that it had changed his perception of the University."

Though he is now gone, Anderson's legacy at South Carolina should never be forgotten, Solomon says.

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Posted: 04/26/09 @ 9:00 AM | Updated: 07/30/09 @ 1:55 PM | Permalink

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