James V. Anderson Jr., 83, insurance executive

August 24, 2005

James V. Anderson Jr., a retired insurance executive, died of cancer Saturday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Timonium resident was 83.

Mr. Anderson was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from City College in 1940. He was an expediter at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River until enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1942.

Mr. Anderson served as a machinist and gunner aboard convoy and troop transports and spent most of World War II assigned to the transport ship USS General William Weigel, which served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean.

After the war, Mr. Anderson returned to the Martin aircraft plant before becoming a salesman in the late 1940s for Green Spring Dairy. He studied business at the University of Baltimore and began his insurance career in 1953.

He subsequently worked for several insurance companies before taking a position with Peoples Home Life Insurance Co. in 1961. He was transferred to the company's Indianapolis office in 1967 and returned to Baltimore in 1970. He retired in 1987 as regional vice president of what had become the Federal Home Life Insurance Co.

A former Sudbrook Park resident, he had been a charter member and president of the Pikesville Optimist Club, and had been active in the Pikesville Little League and Pikesville Community Association before moving to Timonium in 1970.

He was also a member of the American Legion and the Mount Washington Club. He enjoyed golf, travel and winters at his Naples, Fla., condominium.

He was a member of Mays Chapel United Methodist Church, 1191 Jenifer Road, Timonium, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Catherine Marie Meyer; two sons, James V. Anderson III of Crownsville and Jeffrey S. Anderson of Glenelg; a daughter, Lynn Anderson Warner of Middle River; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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