Elizabeth H. Anderson, 88, rehabilitation director


Elizabeth Hickman Anderson, a retired psychiatric hospital rehabilitation director and Morgan State University benefactor, died May 24 of heart failure at her Cross Keys home. She was 88.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Elizabeth Hickman Williams earned her bachelor's degree from Hunter College in 1942.

For many years until retiring and moving to Baltimore in the early 1970s, Mrs. Anderson had been the director of rehabilitation at Creedmore Psychiatric Center in Queens, N.Y. She had also been president of the National Rehabilitation Association in Washington.

In 1948, she married William A. Anderson, an electronics executive, who died in 1997.

While living in New York City, Mrs. Anderson and her husband's philanthropic interests included the New York City Mission Society, the Dance Theatre of Harlem and other artistic foundations.

"She and her husband both got involved with Morgan State University after moving to Baltimore and becoming volunteers and later benefactors of the university. They kind of adopted Morgan after attending many of our functions," said Dr. Earl S. Richardson, university president.

Several years ago, the couple established the William A. Anderson Endowed Scholarship Fund at Morgan, with which Mrs. Anderson remained involved until her death, and the Morgan State University Foundation.

Mrs. Anderson also had served on the advisory board of the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Morgan Christian Center, Morgan State University, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane.

Mrs. Anderson is survived by many nephews and nieces.

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