Oscar E. Anderson

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Oscar Anderson, 71, died Saturday at home in Crawfordsville after a short stay in the hospital.

After his Salamanca, New York high school years, Oscar received a scholarship to the University of Chicago where he graduated with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Oscar continued with graduate studies at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in downtown Chicago.

His first major job as a graphic designer was at Chicago’s Field Museum where he was part of the original King Tut special exhibition design/marketing team.

After leaving the museum, he was a partner for many years in a Chicago-based graphic design firm, Weingart/Anderson. They were one of the first design offices in the nation to embrace computer-based graphics technology and he lectured and consulted on the implications at universities and institutions across the country.

He later joined Chicago’s LaSalle Bank (now Bank of America), where he became their first internal graphic designer and later became part of their Brand Management Group.

In 2008, he formed the company OscarPlus to provide communication design to companies and nonprofits.

He is past president and former board member of the Society of Typographic Arts headquartered in Chicago. He is a previous board member of the University of Chicago Alumni Club and of the UChicago Indiana Club.

He and his wife Jo moved from Chicago to Crawfordsville in 2013. He was active in the Masons and the local League of Women Voters. In 2017 he was elected co-president of Indiana’s League of Women Voters and re-elected in 2019 where he served until his death.

His intellectual curiosity, wide-ranging interests, and lifetime of avid reading made him the first chosen for Trivial Pursuit teams and other knowledge-based board games. He was a good-humored, kind and generous man, beloved by family and friends and contributed his talents generously to many local civic and philanthropic organizations.

His wife Jo; daughter Kirsta Anderson; his sister, Nancy Blears and her family; and brother Ralph Anderson and his family, survive him.

A memorial service open to all of Oscar and Jo’s friends will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Masonic Temple on Washington.

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