Fr. Alister Anderson, St. Alban’s first priest, has recently died. We mourn his passing and lift up him and his family in prayer and fond remembrance.
He established St. Alban’s parish in Richmond, and served faithfully through its first four years (1984-1988), while he and his wife, Ann, lived in Frederick, Maryland. He died in Frederick on Sunday morning at the age of 94 (born 1924). He was a patriot, having served in the Navy in WWII and the Army as chaplain reaching the rank of Colonel. He also served as priest in the Episcopal, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox church. His son Hugh lives in Richmond.
His abbreviated biography:
He was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1924.
In 1941 he attended the Citadel, Military College of South Carolina.
In 1945 he graduated from the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned in the regular navy and ordered aboard the U.S.S. Samuel N. Moore (DD747) in the Pacific Ocean. He served on the Moore until Sept. 1947, when he resigned regular navy Commission to attend theological seminary.
He attended Union Theological Seminary, New York, and graduated with Master of Divinity Degree. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1950. He served in parishes in Maryland, New York, and New Jersey until 1956. He volunteered for service in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.
Other service highlights:
- Army chaplaincy – 4th Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas, and in Germany.
- Post Chaplain, Fort Jay, New York.
- Chaplain at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii.
- Served with 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam 67-68 and at Landsthul General Hospital
- Support Command Chaplain, Kaiserslautern, Germany.
- Completed military service as Staff Chaplain, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Retired with the rank of Colonel in 1977.
During the 27 years as regular active duty and reserve naval officer and army chaplain, the military units he served with were awarded four battle stars. They have been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service, and Army Commendation Medals.
In 1990 he resigned ministry in the Anglican/Episcopal Churches & was ordained a priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in 1992.
As of 2003, he provided Orthodox Worship Service for Eastern Orthodox priests who are away from their congregations for reasons of sickness, conferences and vacations.
He was married to Ann Stuart Anderson. They have three living children and six grandchildren.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and U.S. Naval Academy Class of 46 Association.
He served as Chaplain of the Maryland Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Chaplain of the Jefferson Davis Camp #305, SCV, and in 1998 was Appointed as Chaplain-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.