Dr. Ronald D. Anderson

  • Born: August 13, 1931
  • Died: December 28, 2018
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232

Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Ronald D. Anderson, Colonel US Army (Ret.) was born on the family farm outside Halstad, Minnesota on August 13, 1931 and died peacefully in San Antonio, Texas on December 28, 2018.

Dr. Anderson received his BA Degree and ROTC Commission from North Dakota State University in 1953. He then joined the Army and went to flight school to become an Army Aviator. His first flying assignment was in Germany. In 1957 he was released from active duty to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and he received his DVM degree (1961) and an MPH Degree (1964) from the University of Minnesota.

After receiving his DVM Degree he joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps where he directed and managed food safety, quality assurance, veterinary public health and animal medicine programs at all levels of command on tours in Italy, Thailand, South Korea and the United States. While assigned to the Academy of Health Sciences Veterinary Science Division he was also an Associate professor of Health Sciences at Baylor University and Adjunct professor in the Department of Health Measurement Sciences at Tulane University. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1970.

Dr. Anderson received numerous awards and recognitions achievements in Veterinary Medicine and Public Health, including the Surgeon General "A" Prefix Award for Professional Excellence in the field of Veterinary Public Health, Keith L. Ware Award for Special Television Achievement for the production of Wildlife Disease Surveillance of Military Reservations, and the Department of the Army Suggestion Award for In-Transit Fumigation of foodstuffs. His military honors include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2OLC), National Defense Medal (1OLC), Vietnam Service Medal, Army Occupation Metal (Germany), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and Army aviator Badge. He retired as a Colonel after 25 years of service in September 1980.

After retiring from the Army Dr. Anderson joined the Nevada Department of Agriculture as an epidemiologist where he was involved in all phases of state/federal animal health programs. His major focus at the time was assisting in the eradication of bovine brucellosis in Nevada. He worked with animal control personal and animal shelters in organizing a state dog bite prevention program that included coloring books, brochures posters, billboards, videos and Media coverage. He was elected to the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine and the AVMA Liaison to the U.S. Animal Health Association. He also served executive vice president of the Nevada VMA from 1989 to 1992. During this time Dr. Anderson worked with the California VMA Leadership to organize the Wild West Veterinary Conference held in Reno, Nevada.

Dr Anderson had the privilege of joining the AVMA Staff for one year as the assistant Director of Membership and Field Services where he assisted in implementing policy relating to public health, food hygiene, food safety, animal disease control and regulation, public service, and membership promotion. During this time, he worked with the U.S. Public Health Service to organize the Veterinary Medical Assistant Teams (VMATs) after Hurricane Andrew to help improve the profession's ability to address the large number of animal related deaths, injuries and abandoned animals.

Dr. Ronald D. Anderson is survived by his brother, Jerry Anderson; his daughter, Tari Nicolas and her husband, Emilio; son, LTC Jaime Anderson and wife, Anita; grandchildren, Emilio B. Nicolas and his wife Nancy, Daniel Nicolas and Kayla and Kyle Anderson and spouse, Eric Stone; and two great grandchildren, William and Dorothy Nicolas. He is also survived by cousins Norma Jean Nelson, Jack Horton, Dean Horton, Verona Schaffer, Roger Anderson, and Michael Anderson; second cousins Stacie Nelson, Rodger Schaffer, Gil Olson, David Olson, Sandy Leirness, Jeff Horton, Robert Horton, Bradley Horton, Christian Horton, and Charles Horton; brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Marilyn Hanson; nephew, Chris Hanson; and many good friends.

Funeral Services will be held 11:30am on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 16801 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery where Ron will join his beloved wife Jackie.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation in Ron's name to the Halstad Lutheran Church: halstadlutheranparish.org, Cemetery Project Fund.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My thoughts are with you at this time of loss. I would have sent a note earlier but the notice about Dr. Anderson's passing just recently ran in the Reno paper. I truly enjoyed working with Doc' on our dog bite prevention video and program, Bow Wow Ow!, in 2003.

We had just talked recently about converting the teaching video and putting it up on YouTube for free downloading to get the word out even more about dog bite prevention for children and I plan on getting that accomplished in the next few months.

He was an honorable man and I was lucky to have the opportunity to work with him. He will be missed.

All the best to his family.

Posted by Eileen Gay - Sparks, NV - Friend   February 04, 2019


Please accept my belated condolences. I enjoyed working closely with Dr. Anderson at the Nevada Department of Agriculture on many projects. I recently retired from the agency and was saddened to see his obituary in the Reno Gazette Journal. Working for a regulatory agency, I valued his no-nonsense approach, but appreciated his insight and sense of humor. Ron was an avid sports fan and we spent a lot of time talking about the Twins and Vikings. The photograph you included in the obituary is always how I will remember him.

Charles Moses, Co-worker, Nevada Department of Agriculture, January 28, 2019

Posted by Charles Moses - sparks, NV - Friend   January 28, 2019

My belated condolences to the ken folks of a man who helped shape my Army career. Ron was instrumental in urging me to study for and completed the examinations for the organization that has become the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He also gave me some pre-assignment info prior to my assignment to command the US Army Veterinary Services in Korea that were extremely helpful during my almost three years there. Also, I extremely thank him for his senior leadership in the Veterinary Corps that helped me and many of my peers. COL (Ret) Howard "Butch" Johnson, Spring Branch, TX

Posted by Howard "Butch" Johnson - Spring Branch, TX - Coworker   January 18, 2019

My condolences to the family for your loss. I served with Colonel Anderson both at the Academy of Health Sciences, FT. Sam Houston, TX and as his 1SG in Korea. He always pushed himself and subordinates to exceed the norm. RIP

Posted by Fred Reimers - Schertz, TX - Served in the Military together   January 11, 2019


He was a wonderful brother and I will miss him greatly !

Posted by Jerry Anderson - Ottawa - Brother   January 11, 2019

My deepest,sincere sympathy to you all. "Points Anderson", was an old nick name he earned with his classmates. Myself & our family dearly miss our numerous trips to Reno, to visit him & enjoy his generosity, & friendship to us .The Lord needed him more than we do.
Good-by for now, my dear friend. Rod Neubert DVM

Posted by Rod Neubert - Fairfield, CA - Classmate   January 10, 2019

My sincere sympathies to the Anderson family. Ron and I were good US Army Veterinary Corps friends. It was a pleasure to have known and worked with him and I will miss our chats and e-mails.

Posted by Don Seedle - Estes Park, CO - Friend   January 10, 2019

It also makes my heart heavy to read about my colleague and friend Ron. I will let the other veterinarians in in our class of 1961 know about it. Ron, Ben Porer and myself got together many years at the Western States Veterinary Conference. Sorry and sad to hear about his passing. Geolrge Krienke DVM

Posted by George Krienke - Roseville, MN - Friend   January 10, 2019

This is a wonderful picture of your dad, and his obituary captures so beautifully the richness of his life and his many contributions to society. He truly was an amazing, kind and loving man. My condolences to Tari and Emilio, Jamie and Anita, and all of his family whom he loved so dearly.

Posted by Barbara Brickner - San Antonio, TX - Significant Other   January 10, 2019

Dear Jaime, I am so sorry for your loss of your father. Ron and my husband Jerry were good Vet Corps friends. They both died the same month, December 6 & 28, 2018. They will be greatly missed.
Sadly, Joan Kugel

Posted by Joan Kugel - Berrien Springs, MI - Friend   January 09, 2019

My sincere sympathy to the Anderson family. Served with Ronnie at Fort Riley. Douglas AZ, and Fort Benning. We happily joined the new "otter" company together. He was an outstanding officer, aviator, and
a special friend. My wife and I were sad to see Ronnie and Jackie leave the service for vet school.

Posted by James Greenquist - Alexandria, VA - Friend   January 09, 2019

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