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Dick Anderson: A Toledo Pioneer – June 15

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department is proud to present a free and open to the public reception honoring Dick Anderson, Chairman of the Board of The Andersons, Inc.

The program, titled Dick Anderson: A Toledo Pioneer, is scheduled at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 15 in the McMaster Center at Main Library, 325 Michigan St. The program will include a viewing of the Library’s Sight and Sound project documentary about Dick Anderson. The Library’s Sight and Sound project seeks to interview pioneering local figures during their lifetimes and capture them in documentary form.

In the documentary, Anderson is interviewed by former Blade editor Tom Walton. Anderson addresses the struggles of his family’s early beginnings as dairy farmers along Holland-Sylvania Road, where the family homestead remains, and the strong work ethic instilled by his parents Harold and Margaret.

Other documentary highlights include Anderson’s childhood, his parents and siblings, his life and worth ethic, marriage to Fran Anderson, as well as the beginnings of The Andersons, Inc. Anderson worked with his four older brothers when the company was founded in 1947 by their father Harold. Starting as a crew boss on construction of the first grain elevator in Maumee, Ohio, Anderson worked his way through the company and was named President and CEO in 1986. He was named to his present position – Chairman of the Board - in 1999.

Anderson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in agriculture from Michigan State University in 1953. He and his wife Fran have six children and 24 grandchildren. Anderson is active in many community and civic affairs, and holds numerous awards and honorary degrees.

Anderson’s Sight and Sound documentary is available in video stream format by logging on to the Library’s Web site, DVD copies of the documentary are available for checkout.

The Library’s Local History and Genealogy department teamed with the Information Technology department to develop the Sight and Sound project. Past Sight and Sound documentaries include Jon Hendricks, the Father of jazz Vocalese, and broadcasting legend Frank Gilhooley. All documentaries are available to view on, or can be checked out at the Library.