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In Memoriam: Keith William Anderson

Monday, December 4, 2017  
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Keith William Anderson, former Business Technology Association (BTA) executive director, died on Nov. 26, 2017. He was 59.

Anderson was born on July 1, 1958 in Kansas City, Missouri, to James Wesley and Wilma Rae Anderson. He graduated from Center High School in 1975. Anderson was a yell leader, active in drama and choir, and a member of 87th Street Gang. He graduated in 1980 from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, with degrees in business and English. Anderson was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He worked as an admissions counselor for Westminster College in 1981. In 1982, Anderson moved to St. Louis, Missouri, as a travel director for Maritz. He returned to Kansas City in 1983 to work for the Electric Association. In 1986, Anderson joined the National Association of Plastics Distributors as director of membership services. That year, he met Leslie, the love of his life, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They married at Second Presbyterian Church in 1987. In March 1989, Anderson joined the Business Technology Association and served as director of membership services. In 1994, he became the executive director of BTA and received his MBA from Baker University. In 1997, Anderson joined Baader/Johnson as the marketing manager. From 2005 to 2016, he was the executive director of Gift of Life.

Anderson devoted his personal time to serving on the boards of Hope Care Center, Unicorn Theater, Friends of Arrow Rock and Second Presbyterian Church. He developed his artistic talent in paper making after experimentation and studying under local artist, Jean VanHarlingen. Anderson exhibited his "pulp paintings" in local and regional art shows for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Jeanne; nephew, Graham; and nephew and family, Steven, Erin and infant Lilly Ray.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Second Presbyterian Church, 55th and Oak, Kansas City, Missouri. A reception will follow.

The family requests memorial donations to: Arrow Rock Federated Church, Arrow Rock, MO 65320; Gift of Life, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Cloverleaf #3, Overland Park, KS 66202; or Second Presbyterian Church, 318 E. 55th St, Kansas City, MO 64113.

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