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In Memoriam: Donald J. Anderson

Don Anderson, MSW

Donald J. Anderson, MSW

Donald “Don” Anderson passed away after a short illness on March 3, 2023. Mr. Anderson was a lifelong educator, and probably most known for his career at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He held several positions during his career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and retired as a Senior Lecturer.

Mr. Anderson was a long and active member of AAIDD. Over the years, he served in a number of leadership roles on the boards of the Wisconsin AAIDD Chapter (AAIDD-WI) and AAIDD Region VI, and chaired the AAIDD Social Work Interest Network. 

In 2015, the AAIDD-WI established its Don Anderson Student Scholarship in honor of his extensive work in the IDD field and as an educator. Mr. Anderson was honored with a number of awards for his teaching and service over the course of his career, including the 2012 Educator-Teacher Award byThe Arc of Dane County, which recognized his teaching and mentorship of hundreds of students to prepare them for careers in the IDD field.

The Waisman Center Community Outreach Wisconsin program is partnering with Don’s family to host a memorial observance on

Saturday,  June 3, 2023 11AM at the Waisman Center.

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