Vernon Trippe Anderson, Jr. '59
Arriving at Davidson College from his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina in the fall of 1955, Vernon Anderson proved himself a gentleman, a scholar, and a leader in the Davidson community. A member of the Eumenean Literary Society, Vernon was recognized as a distinguished military student for his R.O.T.C. service, was selected president of his Sigma Chi pledge class, and elected president of the Interfraternity Council. For his commitment to his studies and his numerous campus leadership positions, Vernon was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa honorary society. In 1959, Vernon graduated with a degree in business administration and was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, ultimately achieving the rank of captain.Just one month after graduating from Davidson, Vernon married his childhood sweetheart, Gloria Hester, and with his typical diligence set about building a family, a career, and a community. Always seeking new challenges, Vernon has enjoyed several prolific careers in life insurance, real estate, and now personal investments. In addition to his title as president of Anderson & Anderson, Vernon's business card might also read, "father, husband and civic leader." As a member of the Rotary Club, a deacon of Trinity Presbyterian Church, a board member of the Mint Museum, and Chair of the Presbyterian Home at Charlotte, Vernon's energy knows no bounds. Despite his commitment to family, business, church and community, Vernon has always answered Davidson's call. His love for alma mater is boundless. On the occasion of his 25th Reunion, he wrote that the high point of his life, excluding his marriage and the birth of his children, was his daughter Kathleen's acceptance to Davidson. Vernon's love for Davidson is further reflected in his years of service as an Annual Fund Class Chair, as a member of the Board of Visitors, as a regional committee member during The Campaign for Davidson, as chair of his 10th, 25th, and 30th reunions, and innumerable other ways that he has supported and encouraged Davidson to remain among the premier liberal arts institutions in America.
Because you are a leader in every sense of the word, because you inspire others to your high standard of service and dedication, and because you have always responded to alma mater's call with dedication and enthusiasm, the Davidson College Alumni Association honors you, Vernon Trippe Anderson, Jr., with the Alumni Service Award, on the occasion of your 45th Reunion, April 5, 2003.