FEB. 23, 1920—JUNE 8, 2016
BLOOMINGTON — Jean Lorraine Anderson was born on February 23, 1920, on a farm in central Michigan, 20 miles from Muskegon and from her beloved Lake Michigan, to Rollin J. Anderson and Francis (Stuart) Anderson.
She was descended from early pioneering families in the area. Her father’s family originated in Scotland and came to Michigan by way of Canada; her mother came from many generations of New Englanders who were the first settlers in the area of Michigan where Jean was raised. She attended a one-room rural school through 8th grade and graduated from Fremont, Michigan, High School. Upon graduation she entered a two-year program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a program designed to train teachers for post-Depression years in rural schools.
After teaching three years in a one-room rural school much like the one she had attended, she returned to Western Michigan, where she majored in speech pathology and earned her Bachelor’s Degree. She was challenged by this relatively new field and remained in it in various capacities until her retirement from Indiana University in 1987. She worked first as a Speech Pathologist in the public schools of Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana. During this time she earned her Master’s Degree from Indiana University. She then worked for eight years in the Indiana Department of Education as the first state supervisor of speech and hearing programs in the Indiana schools. In 1965 she returned to Indiana University, where she obtained her Doctorate in 1968 and became a faculty member of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, from which she retired as a full professor in 1987.
During this time she was active in the Indiana Speech, Language Association (ISHA) and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). For many years before and after her retirement, Jean traveled to various University programs to lead workshops and present lectures on the training of speech pathologists, emphasizing the importance of the supervisory process. She was recognized for her professional activities when she received the Honors of the Association in 1982.
Jean was a member of many other organizations. She was a charter member of Bloomington Restorations, Inc. (BRI), where she was active as an officer and committee member. She was a member of the Local Council of Women and the Bloomington Hospital Board, where she served in several capacities including one year as President of the Hospital Board. She was an avid reader, especially of historical literature. She was a dedicated gardener, a lover of nature and an active member in the Bloomington Garden Club, where she participated in the Annual Garden Club organization by that group.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Arda Landergren of Bloomington; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her sister Beth (Anderson) Laubach of Jackson, MI; nephew, Richard Landergren of Tuscon; niece, Karen Landergren of Denver, CO; great-niece, Star (Landergren) Shields; great-nephews, Gabriel Landergren of Madison, WI, Skyler Landergren of Tucson, AZ; and several great-great-nieces and nephews of Wisconsin and Arizona. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4155 S. Old State Road 37, Bloomington, has been entrusted with arrangements. You are invited to share a memory or leave an online condolence to the family at www.allencares.com.