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Dr. Clyde O. Anderson, 84, longtime local physician

Dr. Clyde O. Anderson, a physician here for about four decades, died Wednesday (March 2, 1994) at St. Anthony's Hospital. He was 84.

Stricken at home, he was pronounced dead in the emergency room of St. Anthony's, apparently of cardiac arrest, his family said Thursday. In recent years he had been a stroke and heart patient.

Specializing in cardiology and internal medicine, Dr. Anderson practiced here from 1933 to 1974, except for time away for military service during World War II.

He was a former chief of staff at St. Anthony's Hospital and served on the staffs of Bayfront Medical Center, Apollo Medical Center and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

Since his retirement, he had devoted himself to Rotary, the University of Florida Foundation and the UF Alumni Association. During his career, he was president of the foundation and alumni association and chairman of the UF Medical School Advisory Committee.

Recognizing his work, UF gave him its first Significant Alumni Award and an honorary doctor of laws degree. He held an honorary membership in Florida Blue Key, a leadership fraternity.

A native of Wilkinsburg, Pa., he first came to Florida as a child, arriving in St. Petersburg in 1914 with his parents, Edna F. and Dr. James M. Anderson, who were winter visitors. The family settled in Sebring in 1925, but the younger Dr. Anderson later returned to St. Petersburg to open an office with his father.

With the country in the grip of the Great Depression, he and his father had picked a terrible time to go into medical practice in St. Petersburg.

The going rate for a house call at the time was $4. Sometimes he was lucky to get $1. Office calls were $3.

"If they couldn't afford to pay, I'd say forget it," the younger Dr. Anderson told a reporter in 1991. "Then they'd insist on paying something, maybe a turkey, a bunch of quail."

Valedictorian of his class at Sebring High School, where he acquired letters in four sports, Clyde Oscar Anderson went on to study at the University of Florida. Because UF then lacked a medical school, he turned to Emory University in Atlanta for his degree in medicine. He did post-graduate work at the University of Michigan and Tulane University and interned at Tampa General Hospital.

For several years he practiced here with his father. In 1948 he teamed with a brother, Dr. George Anderson, also an internist, in offices at 176 Fourth Ave. NE. George Anderson died about seven years ago.

During World War II, Dr. Anderson served as a major in the Army Medical Corps.

A past president of the Pinellas County Medical Society, he belonged to the American Heart Association, American Society of Tropical Medicine and the American, Southern and Florida medical associations.

Dr. Anderson was a past president of the Squires Club, Saints and Sinners and Lakewood Country Club, and he was a member of the Quarterback Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Egypt Shrine Temple.

Devoted to youth sports, he was a former chief physician for the St. Petersburg Little League and was in charge of athletic department physicals at St. Petersburg High School.

He was a past president of Goodwill Industries. A Rotarian since 1955, he was a past president of the local club and a past governor of Rotary District 696.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Eileen M.; a son, Roy, St. Petersburg Beach; a daughter, Tamsen A. Williams, Tampa; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at John S. Rhodes, East Chapel, 635 Fourth St. N. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

_ Some information in this obituary came from a story by Jacquin Sanders and Betty Jean Miller in the Times.

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