1920 – Born in the San Joaquin Valley town of Ripon. Roy A. Anderson, the former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Corp. and one of the university’s most prominent fundraisers.
1947-1949 – After graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors and earning his MBA, Anderson served as a naval officer in the Korean War.
1956 – Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business before joining Lockheed as an accountant.
1961 – Anderson first volunteered for Stanford in the Plan of Action for a Challenging Era (PACE) campaign.
1973 – Served as national chair of the annual giving program.
1977 – He rose to the position of chairman and CEO at a time when the aerospace giant faced allegations of fiscal misconduct and shrinking defense spending.
1979 – The Graduate School of Business recognized his excellence in business leadership and public service with the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award.
1985 – He is widely credited with restoring Lockheed’s business and its reputation by the time he retired.
1987 – He eventually served as convening co-chair of the university’s Centennial Campaign, the first $1 billion fundraising effort in higher education.
1988-1990 – Anderson was elected to the university’s Board of Trustees.
1991 – Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley appointed Anderson to the citizen panel led by former Secretary of State and Stanford law alumnus Warren Christopher to investigate the city’s police department in the wake of Rodney King’s beating by officers.
2002 – The Andersons’ gifts to Stanford have supported undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships at the business school, a training program for principals at the School of Education, reconstruction of Memorial Church after the Loma Prieta earthquake, the Hoover Institution, the Department of Athletics, the School of Medicine, and a professorship in economics, which they endowed.
2003 – Died on October 18th at his home in La Cañada at the age of 82.