John Maxwell Anderson, professor emeritus of zoology at Cornell, died Oct. 25 at age 94. From 1952 to 1979, Anderson was on the Cornell faculty, teaching invertebrate zoology for many years; he was the co-author of the textbook "General Zoology."
Anderson was born in Minden, Neb., July 14, 1917, and grew up in Dallas, Texas; he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Southern Methodist University in 1938 and an M.S. from New York University In 1942, he left his doctoral studies at NYU and began World War II service with the U.S. Navy, completing his service in 1945 as a lieutenant.
At war's end, Anderson was recruited for a teaching position at Brown University and completed his Ph.D. at NYU in 1947, joining the Cornell faculty in 1952. Anderson taught the invertebrate course for many summers at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. In 1966, he helped establish and became a long-standing member of the faculty at the Shoals Marine Laboratory off the coast of Portsmouth, N.H. His career also included chairing the Cornell Pre-Medical Advisory Committee and serving on the editorial boards of the Biological Bulletin and the Cornell University Press.
In his retirement, Anderson and his wife traveled extensively, and he volunteered as a driver for Gadabout for more than 25 years.
Anderson is survived by his wife, Jean McLaughlin Anderson, of 67 years, three adult sons and extended family.
A memorial service and celebration of Anderson's life will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. at Sage Chapel, Cornell. Memorial donations can be sent to Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County, Shoals Marine Laboratory (Cornell) or Gadabout.