is a natural leader and role modelenthusiastic, tactfully
persistent, and contagiously good-humored. She continues to devote
her energy in the lifetime commitment to improving the quality
of life for girls and women in developing countries as well as
here at home."
Ruth Swenson, 1994
Faltinson Anderson was born in Iowa in 1919. Her assistance to
the international community includes serving the Navy during
World War II, helping to train Peace Corps volunteers, serving
as director of work camps in Austria, Yugoslavia, and Malawi.
During the early part of Anderson's career, she served as an
extension home economist, a 4-H youth leader, and later as associate
dean for undergraduate programming at Iowa State University's
College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Since her retirement,
she has been active as a member of the United Way, Mary Greeley
Medical Center, and the Iowa Division of the United Nations Association
boards; a chair for the International Relations committee, Iowa
division of AAUW; and the first woman on the Iowa Banking Board.
She has also served on the Ames Fair Housing and Parks and Recreation
Commission; she was a strong proponent of affordable housing.
A member of the Board of Governors of the ISU Foundation, Anderson
recently received the Helen LeBaron Hilton Recognition Award
for her lifelong commitment to international affairs pursued
through work with UNESCO, Partners of the Americas, and USAID.
Currently, she is the cochair of a task force developing a College
for Seniors at ISU that will offer noncredit courses for retirees
living in central Iowa. Anderson was inducted into the Iowa Women's
Hall of Fame in 1993.
UPDATE: Anderson successfully cochaired the task force
that developed a College for Seniors at Iowa State University,
which offers noncredit courses for retirees living in central