Raymond K. Anderson, 72, 10498 County Road MM, Amherst Junction, a noted wildlife researcher and retired University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point natural resources professor, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at his home in the town of New Hope.
There will be no public service.
A Ray Anderson Memorial Fund has been set up at the UW-SP Foundation, 212 Old Main Building, 2100 Main St., Stevens Point.
Voie Funeral Home of Iola assisted the family with arrangements.
Mr. Anderson was born and raised in White Lake, a son of Marian Anderson of Amherst Junction and the late Raymond D. Anderson.
After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force and then attended UW-SP, receiving a bachelor of science degree in conservation education and biology.
He then taught at Nekoosa and Marshfield high schools, working during the summer on his master’s degree in conservation biology at the University of Michigan.
He returned to UW-SP as a faculty member in the Conservation Department in 1958.
He took a leave of absence in 1961 to earn a Ph.D. from UW-Madison in wildlife ecology.
After returning to UW-SP, he was given the responsibility of drafting the curricular plan that was used to develop a new major in wildlife management. The program grew to become on of the largest and best known in the U.S. and was enhanced by the Wildlife Society that he founded and advised throughout his career at the university.
Mr. Anderson was most enthusiastic in research with his graduate students and the projects included prairie chickens, coopers hawks, black bears, frogs, loons, bald eagles and the reintroduction of pine marten and elk into Wisconsin.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbi; three sons, Mark (Melissa), Morton Grove, Ill., Peter, Amherst Junction, and Scott, Clam Lake; one daughter, Jan, Amherst Junction; one sister, Marian (Jim) Spaciel, Milwaukee; and six grandchildren.