Delwin M. Anderson in Memoriam

Jul 26, 2007

Delwin M Anderson (1916 – 2007)
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“Delwin M. Anderson, 91, who was director of social work programs for the Veterans Administration, died July 20 of pneumonia at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. He lived in Arlington.

During World War II, when Mr. Anderson was serving in the Army, he contracted hepatitis and was unable to join his unit during an offensive. When many of his comrades were killed or wounded in battle, Mr. Anderson determined that he would dedicate his life to helping veterans.

He joined the Veterans Administration (now the Department of Veterans Affairs) in 1947 as a field social worker in Duluth, Minn. He held positions with the VA in St. Paul, Minn., Detroit and Columbus, Ohio, before coming to VA’s central office in Washington in 1961.

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Tributes to Delwin M. Anderson

“Del Anderson was the personification of a great social worker.” – Jean K. Quam

“Del Anderson was a strong influence on my early VA career.” – Paul Burton

“Del was a faithful and loyal member of NASW and very involved in numerous ways.” – Elizabeth J. Clark

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