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UNM Anderson School Celebrates the 100th Birthday of Robert O. Anderson

April 7, 2017

Robert O. Anderson(Albuquerque, NM)  Robert O. Anderson was born in Chicago on April 13, 1917.  This month the namesake of the UNM Anderson School of Management would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To mark the occasion UNM Anderson School is inviting all faculty, staff, students, alums, and community members to attend a breakfast honoring Mr. Anderson.  The tribute will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 8:00 am in the Jackson Student Center.

"We are extremely proud of the Anderson name given Robert O. Anderson is one of the greatest business leaders in the history of New Mexico," says Acting Dean Shawn Berman. "Robert O. Anderson is an exemplar to current business leaders and to the graduates of the school which has the honor of bearing his name for more than 40 years."

Founded in 1947, The Anderson School was named for New Mexico oilman and longtime ARCO-Atlantic Richfield CEO Robert Orville Anderson in 1974. Robert was a petroleum executive, rancher and civic leader. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts degree before starting his lifelong journey in the oil industry.

Mr. Anderson served Atlantic Richfield Company (formerly known as Atlantic Refining Company) as its Chief Executive Officer for 17 years, as Chairman of the Board for 21 years and as a member of the Board of Directors for 23 years. Mr. Anderson retired from the company in 1986 to form an independent oil and gas company. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hondo Oil & Gas Company, Roswell, New Mexico, from September 1986 to February 1994.

Robert and his wife Barbara had seven children and were married for 68 years. He was 90 years old when he passed away at his Roswell home on December 2, 2007.

The celebration breakfast is open to everyone and hourly parking is available via credit/debit card at the structure located at Lomas and Yale, a short walk to the Jackson Student Center.

For more information contact Felicia Rodriquez at 505.277.1504 or via email



The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.