Dorothy Glasgow Anderson

Born on December 22, 1927

Departed on November 18, 2018 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Dorothy Glasgow Anderson, retired missionary with the United Methodist Church, died peacefully on November 18. 2018. She was 90 years old. Born on December 22, 1927 in Nashville, she served as a missionary on the continent of Africa from 1954 to 1983. After she retired from the mission field, she taught mathematics at Father Ryan High School, retiring as the chair in 1996.

During her twenty years in Mozambique, she organized adult literacy programs, taught in two theological schools, organized women’s groups and spearheaded a youth scholarship program for secondary education. In Kenya she provided leadership training and prepared lessons in Bible, health and family planning.

She received a BA in mathematics and physics from Vanderbilt University where she met William F. Anderson, who preceded her in death on November 18, 2008, exactly ten years earlier. She is survived by Scott Anderson, Lynne Anderson Collier (Sonny), and Neal Anderson (Jamie Baker Roskie), and two grandchildren, Grant Collier and Avalon Collier.

Upon retiring from the mission field she not only was a math teacher but involved herself in the Nashville community. She participated in volunteer mission teams to Mexico and Kenya. She also maintained her involvement in the United Methodist Women and served on the board of the local United Nations Association.

She will be missed by all at Belmont UMC, which has been her church home for her entire life, and the organizations and friends in Nashville and elsewhere that received her attention. “Famba kwatsi, Mamani Dorofi!” in the Xitswa language of Mozambique, or “Go well, Mother Dorothy!”

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 on Saturday, December 1 at Belmont UMC with visitation at 10:00 and reception at 12:00. In lieu of flowers please donate to Belmont UMC.

3 Comments to Dorothy Glasgow Anderson

  1. Kathy McKnight says:

    Aunt Dot was an amazing woman: smart, generous, dedicated, a leader! The world is a better place for her life.

  2. Emilyn Gipson says:

    What a beautiful legacy your wonderful Mother left for you. She is among the angels! Just think of the lives she positively impacted during her time here on earth. Well done good and faithful servant!

  3. Sarah Dunn says:

    What beautiful parents you had Neal. How wonderful to know now your Mother has joined your Dad in Heaven exactly 10 years later! Now they are rejoicing together! I know you will miss her. My sincere sympathy & prayers are with you & your family during this time.

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