Martin County College namesake Dr. David L. Anderson dies


MARTIN COUNTY – Dr David L. Anderson, an education official known as Florida’s longest-serving school board member and the first black to be elected to the county school board, died Thursday.

The school district announced on Facebook the passing of Anderson, who is the namesake of the local college on Southeast Atlantic Ridge Drive. He served on the school board for 32 years before retiring in 2012.

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“He has touched countless lives and was an example of a life well lived. Our hearts and prayers are with Dr. Anderson’s brother, School Board Vice President Tony Anderson and the entire Anderson family,” can we read in the message.

School board member Victoria Defenthaler shared her thoughts and prayers with the Anderson family online.

Dr. David L. Anderson, the first African-American person to serve on the Martin Board of Education and the longest-serving member of the school board in Florida, passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021.

“His background and experience in education, his knowledge of Martin County history, and his student-centered decisions made him an invaluable member of the school board,” she wrote.

In February 2017, a portrait of Anderson was hung in the lobby of the college’s administrative office during a ceremony hosted by the East Stuart Partnership, headed by President Thelma Washington.

At the event, an oak tree was also dedicated in memory of Dr Barbara Anderson, Anderson’s wife and longtime local educator. She died in 2016.

“I’m happy for the community and the school because now when they come here they can see who I am,” Anderson said in 2017.

Information on funeral arrangements was not immediately available on Friday.

This story will be updated.

Lina Ruiz is TCPalm’s surveillance reporter for Martin County. You can reach her at [email protected], on Twitter @ Lina_Ruiz48 or at 321-501-3845.


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