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Former Newton teacher receives Distinguished Alumni Award from U of I

Published: Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:57 a.m. CDT

Former Newton resident Bob Anderson was one of three University of Iowa alumni to receive the Distinguished Alumni for Service Award at an Awards Ceremony Saturday, June 8.

Anderson and his wife, Judy, moved to Gig Harbor, Wash., to retire and be near grandchildren in the fall of 2010. He had been a journalism teacher, legislator, lieutenant governor of Iowa and headed international non-profit organizations prior to retirement.

Anderson began teaching journalism and English at Newton Senior High School in 1970. He continued to live in Newton as a legislator and lieutenant governor of Iowa until 1993 when he moved to Grinnell, where he had helped establish the Iowa Peace Institute. Anderson helped to launch Newton OPEN in 1990 and moved back to the Newton area in 1996.