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educator , public relations counselor

James Walter Anderson, American public relations counselor, educator, retired. Grantee Florida Department Agriculture, University Florida, 1978, 84.


Anderson, James Walter was born on January 8, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Walter Charles and Hazel Camille (Pfeiffer) Anderson.


Student, Art. Institute Chicago, 1943-1950; student, United States Air Force Institute, 1950-1953; Master of Business Administration in Marketing, University of Chicago, 1959.


Assistant to advertising manager, Wilson Sporting Goods Company, Chicago, 1951; packaging coordinator and advertising copywriter, Sears, Roebuck and Company, Chicago, 1953-1959; manager public rels and publications, Jos. T. Ryerson & Son., Inc. subsidiary Inland Steel Company, Chicago, 1959-1966; assistant director public relations, Maremont Corporation, Chicago, 1966-1967; associate, director public relations, A. T. Kearney, Inc., International Management Cons., Chicago, 1967-1973; from interim assistant professor to professor emeritus of public relations, College Journalism and Communications, U. Florida, Gainesville, 1973-1996; associate department chairman advertising public relations, College Journalism and Communications, U. Florida, 1973-1987; founder, sole property, Anderson Public Rels., Gainesville, since 1993. Member National Commision on Undergraduate Public Rels.

Education, 1984-1987, lead researcher on curriculum study. Lecturer and presenter in field.


  • Other Work

    • Contributing author: Public Relations--The Profession and the Practice, 1983. Editor journal Public Relations Councilor, 1988, 89, 90. Editor, designer newsletter Public Relations, 1978-1979.

      Final editor Rehabilitation Briefs, Department of Health. Contributor articles to magazines, newspapers and professional journals.


Appointed planning commissioner Marion County (Florida) Planning Commission, 1977-1979. With Illinois National Guard, 1948-1955, United States Air Force, 1951-1953. Fellow Public Relations Society of America (accredited 1971, grantee 1989, national assembly delegate North Florida chapter 1975, 87-88, national educational affairs committee 1982, 86, 88—, director educators section 1984-1985).

Member Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (management seminar steering committee 1983-1984, professional freedom and responsibility committee 1985), International Public Relations Association, Florida Public Relations Association, Gainesville Area Innovation Network.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: artist, golf, bridge.


Married Jeanne Elise Johnston, August 25, 1951. Children: Thomas, Patrick, Carol, Virginia, Wilma, Mary, James Walter, Lori.

Walter Charles Anderson

Hazel Camille (Pfeiffer) Anderson

Jeanne Elise Johnston

Thomas Anderson

Lori Anderson

James Walter Anderson

Wilma Anderson

Virginia Anderson

Patrick Anderson

Mary Anderson

Carol Anderson