Graduate, Phillips Exeter Academy, 1951; AB, Harvard University, 1955; postgraduate School Business, Harvard University, 1955-1956; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Florida Southern College.
With various papers, throughout the United States vice president, New York Times Company retired, New York Times Company chairman, Harrison Charitable Foundation, Atlanta. Director International Herald-Tribune, Paris, 1974-1991.
Board of directors Fort Pierce (Florida)-St. Lucie County Industrial Development Council, 1959-1962, Fort Pierce Memorial Hospital, 1959-1962, Lincoln Pk. Child Care Center, Fort Pierce, 1959-1962, Gainesville United Fund, 1965, Boys Club Gainesville, 1965, U. Florida Foundation, 1967, Young Men’s Christian Association Greater Lakeland, 1967-1969, Human Rels. Council Lakeland, 1967-1969, Boys Club Lakeland, American Red Cross, 1967-1969.
Trustee Robert H. Anderson Foundation, Ridge School, Bartow, Florida, High Museum,1988-1994. Member President's Resources Council Wellesly (Massachusetts) College. Member board counsellors Florida Southern College, 1974.
Member board visitors Emory University, 1984, president, 1986. Trustee Westminster Schools, 1989-1992, Kennesaw State College Foundation. Member board councillors Carter Presidential Center.
Member board overseers Harvard University, since 1995. Member Greater Lakeland Chamber of Commerce (director 1966-1967), Associated Harvard Alumni (director 1979-1982), Spee Club, Hasty Pudding Institute 1770 (graduate director), Capital City Club, Commerce Club, Knickerbocker Club, Harvard Club (New York City, Boston, Georgia board directors), Kennebunk River Club, Piedmont Driving Club (Atlanta).
Married Lois Cowles, June 24, 1955 (divorced April 1981). Children: Gardner Mark, Kent Alfred (deceased), John Patrick, Lois Eleanor. Married Mary Gee MacQueen, September 5, 1981 (divorced 2000).
Married Bonnie Lynne Anderson, August 26, 2000. Stepchildren: Jennifer Alicia Stuart, Michael Christopher Anderson.