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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.”
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