Philip Anderson, 66, of Denver passed away on Dec. 20. He worked as a researcher and policy analyst for the Colorado Department of Transportation for 30 years, retiring in 2007.
Following his retirement he joined the URS Corporation as a transportation consultant until 2010. During his tenure with CDOT he authored and co-authored several research papers on various transportation issues.
Mr. Anderson was born on February 28, 1948 in Rockville Center, New York. He spent much of his youth in King's Park, New York where he graduated from Smithtown High School. After high school, Mr. Anderson joined the US Marine Corps in 1965. He served in Vietnam as a Lance Corporal in Charlie Company's 1st Battalion, 1st Division,1st Platoon and was honorably discharged in 1967. Mr. Anderson was always proud of his service in the marines and had great respect for others who served in the military.
Following his time in the service, Mr. Anderson attended the State University of New York (SUNY) in New Paltz where he obtained Bachelor of Arts degree in African History and then attended SUNY at Stony Brook where he received a Master of Arts degree in Social Anthropology as well as completing course work toward a PhD in that field. His college experience instilled a life-long interest in history and foreign affairs.
Mr. Anderson loved Colorado and the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a prolific reader and devoured daily newspapers.
Mr. Anderson is survived by his four children Bebe Anderson, Brigit Larson (Chris), Paul Anderson, Elizabeth Anderson and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Carl and his sisters, Susan and Kim.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Trout Unlimited.