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The School of Medicine Mourns the Loss of Beloved Teacher Larry Anderson

Monday, May 17, 2010

 Dr. A will be missed by all of his School of Medicine family, particularly his students.

Larry D. Anderson, PhD, professor of anatomy & neurobiology, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday. With his passing, the School of Medicine has lost a beloved teacher, mentor and friend.


A Michigan native, Dr. Anderson received his PhD from Wayne State University, and came to the School of Medicine in 1976 as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in reproductive endocrinology in the Department of Physiology.  Two years later he taught a seminar in anatomy and shortly thereafter accepted a position in the Department of Anatomy and has taught anatomy and structure & development to freshmen students for 30 years.


For the last 10 years, Dr. Anderson served as course master for the structure & development course, and, as such, was the first faculty member students met when they entered medical school as freshmen, becoming not only an educator and mentor, but a friend and father figure.


Dr. Anderson received countless awards and honors, including being named the 2006 University of Maryland, Baltimore Teacher of the Year, chair of the State Anatomy Board, and a charter member of the Carolyn J. Pass, MD ’66 & Richard M. Susel, MD ’66 Academy of Educational Excellence.


Dr. Anderson taught anatomy to nearly 4,500 Maryland students – well over half of our living alumni.  He leaves behind a legacy of caring – it mattered greatly to him that each and every student be as well-prepared as possible to become a doctor.   He once said, “It has been a privilege to be part of their medical education.  I feel I want to do more than just teach them.  I want to influence their outlook, not only about medicine, but about life.”


Survivors include his wife, Shirley, their two children, Brent and Sheana, and two grandchildren.   A scholarship fund in Dr. Anderson’s name has been established to support students.  If you would like to contribute to the scholarship, please go to www.fundformedicine.org and click on the “Make a Gift” button on the left hand side. Designate your donation “In Memory of” Dr. Larry Anderson.


Shirley Anderson sent the following message, from herself, son Brent, daughter Sheana and their grandchildren: "In memory of Larry we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who knew our special husband, father, and grandfather. He touched many lives."


A gallery dedicated to Dr. Anderson, which includes photos submitted by students, can be found on our School of Medicine Facebook page.


Funeral Arrangements

A gathering for family, friends and colleagues is being planned for Saturday, May 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Singleton Funeral Home in Glen Burnie, with a service at 5:00 PM.  The School of Medicine will hold a memorial service in the near future. Details will be made available as soon as they have been worked out. 

Sympathy cards may be sent to the Anderson family at 7710 Harmans Road, Hanover, MD 21076.

Contact Us

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Caelie Haines
Manager, Public Affairs
(410) 706-7508

 Dr. Anderson was very hands on when it came to sharing his knowledge of anatomy.

 For 30 years, Dr. Anderson welcomed first-year students to medicine with his anatomy courses.

 At the annual convocation ceremonies, Dr. Anderson was often the recipient of the Golden Apple Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has shown particular interest in medical education and excellence in teaching.

 Dr. Anderson shared his love of learning not only with our med students but also with the youngsters in our Kids Mini-Med school summer programs.

 Attendees of our annual Mini-Med School also had the priviledge of a class with Dr. A.

 The smiles of his students say all there is to say about Dr. Anderson.

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