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Continued: Veteran justice's retirement is end of an era for state Supreme Court

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 30, 2013 - 11:51 PM

He’s also lectured in the Philippines, Tunisia, China and Russia. In Libya, he helped lawyers ensure the nation’s elections were fair. That’s where he met U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. After Stevens’ death during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, he wrote an impassioned yet levelheaded editorial for the Huffington Post, urging others not to politicize the death of an honorable man.

A new season

Anderson is not disappointed by his mandatory retirement. He said he could make a case for retiring at 72, but it’s time to move on. He intends to fix a bad hip that’s been bothering him, and travel with his wife, Jan, a retired human resources director at Metropolitan State University. The couple has one grown daughter, Isa. A second, Marina, suffered from mental illness and took her own life in 2005 at age 25. He’s considering starting a trust in her honor to support justice and education for the disadvantaged. A gourmet cook, Anderson intends to continue honing his craft and said the term “savor” has deep meaning.

And he intends to savor the new opportunities retirement will bring. “I’ll miss it, but I’m OK with it,” he said. “I love to write, I’ll probably do some writing. I love to teach, I’ll probably do some teaching. There’s a lot of aspects of my life that have been neglected. For everything there is a season. Time for me to do something else.”

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921

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  • Justice Paul Anderson: Fast Facts

    Justice Paul Anderson: Fast Facts

    Lives: Inver Grove Heights

    Raised: Eden Prairie

    Education: B.A., Macalester College, 1965; law degree, University of Minnesota, 1968

    Favorite Reading: The New Yorker, Washington Monthly, the Wilson Quarterly, various nonfiction historical novels

    Family: Wife Jan. Daughters Isa, an elementary school teacher, and Marina, who died in 2005

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