Andy Anderson (general)

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Roland "Andy" Anderson
7th Mayor of Naples, Florida
In office
Preceded by ?
Succeeded by ?
Personal details
Born October 23, 1913
Died December 9, 2010(2010-12-09) (aged 97)
Spouse(s) Gene Cox Anderson (?-1999; her death)
Alma mater United States Military Academy at West Point

Roland "Andy" Bennett Anderson (October 23, 1913 – December 9, 2010) was an American retired Major General, who served as the 7th Mayor of Naples, Florida from 1978 until 1982.[1]


Military career[edit]

Anderson was born on October 23, 1913. He initially attended the University of Oklahoma.[1] However, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1938.[1]

He served during World War II as an Ordnance Staff Officer for the U.S. anti-aircraft command in the Pacific theater.[1] Anderson later joined the Pentagon's Chief of Ordnance office following the end of World War II.[1] This included a position in Peru.

Anderson was promoted to Assistant Chief of Staff G-4 for the U.S. Army Logistics Command based in Europe. He oversaw the acquisition and maintenance of all weapons used by the United States Army in Europe at the time.[1] He was further promoted to Director of Army Procuremen upon his return to the United States, a position he held until his retirement from the U.S. Army as a Major General.[1]

He was the recipient of several honors during his career, including the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Order of British Empire.[1]

Political career[edit]

Anderson moved to Naples, Florida, in 1971 upon his retirement from the U.S. Army.[1] He entered local politics and was elected to both the District School Board of Collier County and Naples City Council.[1] He served as the 7th Mayor of Naples from 1978 until 1982.[1]

Andy Anderson died on December 9, 2010 at the age of 97.[1] He was survived by his girlfriend, Lee Craft; three children - Audrey Joan Anderson, Roland Bruce Anderson and Gene Cristina Anderson; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.[1] His wife, Gene Cox Anderson, died in 1999.[1] The couple had been married for fifty-five years.[1]