Published online: Mar 25, 2010
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Don Anderson, founding World Potato Congress Inc. Director and Secretary-Treasurer, has died. Don was a well-known potato farmer (Prince Edward Island, Canada) who grew his diverse agricultural contributions into hall of fame credentials.
Anderson died suddenly, March 1 at his home. He was 82.
Don was instrumental in nurturing the then-fledgling World Potato Congress Inc through its formative stages. He served as Director and Secretary-Treasurer from 1991 to 2000, when he retired with distinction.
Anderson built up a family farm, which was first settled by his great grandfather, into a 500-acre mixed operation of dairy and potatoes. Anderson became director of the Prince Edward Island Potato Marketing Board in 1965 and was appointed manager in 1969 - a position he held for 20 years.
He was inducted into the Atlantic Canada Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1998.
Anderson is survived by his wife, Kathleen (nee Pratt), and the couple's four children: Sharon, Susan, Scott and Sally Christie.
Don will be sadly missed by all those who came in contact with him over the years.