November 9, 2018 – On October 6, over 200 Bryan College alumni and friends were joined by more than 20 family members to help Dr. John Anderson celebrate his 100th year of life. The birthday celebration took place during the Red & Gold Gala dinner, a signature event that takes place every year at Homecoming. Students from as far back as the 1950s joined in at Homecoming to celebrate Doc. There was plenty of cake and singing, and even balloons.
Dr. Anderson, also known as Doc, arrived at Bryan College in 1955, when the college was only 25 years old. He remained at Bryan for nearly 40 years teaching Greek and Bible. Dr. Anderson played a key role in the process of Bryan College receiving accreditation, which became official in 1969. Dr. Anderson retired from Bryan College in 1984. His dedication to the college remained, and he returned to Bryan three more times to teach Greek. He taught his last class in 2005 at the age of 87.
Dr. Anderson was married to his wife, Harriet, who also worked for the college for approximately 20 years as an assistant librarian. She was active in the Bryan Women’s Auxiliary. The couple was married for over 40 years before she passed away in 1975. They had three children, John Anderson, who passed away in 2014, Anita McMillan, and James Anderson.
Dr. Anderson attended Moody Bible Institute and earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Illinois. He earned his Master of Theology and Doctor of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Anderson served in the US Navy for three and a half years, spending 22 months overseas.
Bryan College is proud to call Dr. Anderson a Bryan Lion and have had the opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday of this amazing man.