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Dr. Lane Schofield Anderson, III

April 9, 2019

Dr. Lane S. Anderson III


Mebane, NC – Dr. Lane S. Anderson III died at the age of 74.


He was born in Charleston, WV to Lane S. Anderson, Jr. and Helen E. Sindell but grew up in Charlotte, NC where he graduated from Myers Park High School. He attended UNC-Chapel Hill on a Navy ROTC Scholarship and received his undergraduate degree before being commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer during the Vietnam War era. After serving four years active duty, he transferred to the naval reserve intelligence program, served 21 years, and retired as a captain. He also served 33 years in K thru 12 Education as a teacher, coach, and principal of three schools. Dr. Anderson was selected as a Wells Fargo Principal for Guilford County Schools, went on to become the NC Principal of the Year, and was designated a National Distinguished Principal by the U. S. Department of Education. Concurrently, he received a master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a doctorate from UNC-Greensboro in addition to four years of post-doctoral work there in psychology, sociology, and counseling. He was the owner of The Anderson Center for Marriage and Family Therapy in Greensboro and Mebane for over 25 years and published two best-selling books entitled: “Care Enough To Discipline-Raising Children for the 21st Century” and “Answers To Questions About Life, Livin’, and Lovin’ ” which was a compilation of his monthly “Ask Dr. A” columns featured in Alamance Magazine for over seven years on topics of faith, family, marriage, parenting, life, and love. Dr. Anderson was President of Real World Consulting for over 15 years which specialized in helping “high risk” schools improve discipline, increase academic achievement, and close test score gaps among various ethnic groups of students. He was president of the Humane Society of Guilford County for eight years and also served as president of the Greensboro Civitan Club as well as being an active member of several veterans’ organizations. Dr. Anderson was a member of the St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro and the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Burlington.


Dr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Dr. Deborah Owens Webb Anderson, formerly of Macclesfield, NC as well as her son Chad Webb and his family (wife Lauren, Jett and Annalyse) of Greenville, NC. He is survived by his daughter, Julia Anderson Steele and husband Joey, of Greensboro and her daughter Avery Anderson Cox. Surviving siblings include his sister, Peggy Anderson Mathis (wife of Jim Mathis) of Wilmington, NC, brother, Phil Anderson, his wife Ellen, and their son Christopher of Charlottesville, VA,  his brother, Roy Anderson of Leland, NC and sister and brother in law, Sharon and Ernie Poling.


A Celebration of Life service,  including military honors,   will be conducted at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter on Tuesday,  April 23,  2019 at 2:00 p.m.   The committal service will immediately follow the service in the Memory Garden of the church.  The family will receive friends prior to the service in the church parlor from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, individual contributions should be made to any organization or charity which helps animals or people in need, especially children and their families.


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