Lloyd Lee Anderson 2005
Lloyd Lee Anderson
BS 1957, Animal Science
PhD 1961, Animal Reproduction
The path of Lloyd Lee Anderson (’57 animal science; PhD ’61 animal reproduction) bears a striking similarity to another famous graduate of Iowa State University--George Washington Carver--although separated by some 60 years. Both first attended Simpson College, then transferred to Iowa State when it became apparent their gifts were in the agricultural sciences. Carver focused on plants and his path led him to Tuskegee. Anderson focused on livestock animals, but he remained at Iowa State to make his contributions, which, like Carver’s, brought significant improvements to our world.
Anderson joined the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State as a graduate research assistant after receiving his B.S. in 1957, and joined the faculty after receiving his Ph.D. in 1961. He was promoted to professor in 1971, and, in 1992, was named Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture. In 2002, he was also named professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Anderson is internationally recognized for his research excellence in neuroendocrine regulation of growth and reproduction in farm animals, and for his numerous breakthroughs in neuroendocrine and neurosurgical research. He has published 209 articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at 186 scientific meetings, earned 5 patents, and served as major professor to 62 graduate students and post-doctoral students, many of whom are leading animal science researchers and faculty members around the world.
His research contributions have been recognized with several national awards from the American Society of Animal Science and National Pork Producers Council and the American Society of Animal Science, including its Honorary Fellow distinction. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2002, he was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science from the Georgian Academy of Sciences.
Anderson served two years with the U.S. Army’s 293 rd Construction Engineers Battalion in West Germany and six years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He and his wife, JaNelle (’69 mathematics), have two married sons: Marc (’87 business) and his wife, Julie (’89 design and the near environment), James and his wife, Tricia, as well as five grandchildren.