Legacy Society - Hilton & Lorraine Anderson Fund
Hilton and Lorrraine Anderson
New Jersey residents their entire lives, and living in West Windsor, Lawrence, and Montgomery for the past 50 years, they both were very well-entrenched into the local communities. Both Hil and Lorraine were involved in education. Hil as a school psychologist with Princeton Schools, and Lorraine with Mercer County Community College and Willingboro Schools. They saw firsthand the value of a good education, along with the lack of equity between school districts in NJ and nationally. Through engagement at their Church and the Boys & Girls Club, they supported activities that helped support area youth and families who needed the helping hand to overcome obstacles towards success.
After Lorraine’s passing in 2017 this fund was established by family and friends to recognize a lifetime of service and their commitment to helping others. The fund was expanded in 2021 when Hil passed at the age of 94. Proceeds from the fund help support the Club’s educational programs in both Summer Camp and After School programs, along with providing a scholarship to a Club senior going to college to major in education or psychology.
Their three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren will continue to support this fund as a way to remember what Hil & Lorraine cared about in life, and their desire for every child to have the same opportunities as their children did.
More about Lorraine Elizabeth Anderson
Born in 1930 in North Arlington, NJ, Lorraine moved to Hillside when she was nine. Lorraine graduated from Hillside High School as the salutatorian and earned a bachelor of science degree in food chemistry and nutrition at Douglass College (now Rutgers University) in 1952. Lorraine worked at several jobs before starting her family, including five years with the Food Technology Department of Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University, where some of her research was published. In 1974 Lorraine earned a master's of education from Rutgers University. She then worked for several years at Abraham Levitt Junior High in Willingboro, NJ, teaching home economics. Lorraine then moved on to become the director of The Center for Urban Living Skills at the Kerney Center in Trenton, NJ. She served as director for seven years, designing and teaching various courses to improve family living, nutrition, and consumer education skills. After federal funding for the program was cut by a new administration in Washington, Lorraine finished her career working at Ewing High School teaching home economics. Lorraine enjoyed politics, playing bridge, traveling, gardening, tennis, bird watching, and baking. She was a wonderful mother to her three children. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters for many years and a longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, where she was very active in the Women's Alliance group, serving as president. Lorraine particularly enjoyed spending summers in Maine at their cabin in the Belgrade Lakes area, where her grandchildren were frequent summer visitors.
More About Hilton Anderson
Affectionately known as Hil, he graduated from North Plainfield High School and was quickly drafted into WWII where he served briefly as a med tech in the US army. Using the GI bill he attended Rutgers University, where he met the love of his life, Lorraine. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 64 years together before her passing in 2017. Hil also obtained his Ph.D. in psychology from Rutgers in 1969. Prior to completing his Ph.D., Hil worked in the insurance and medical fields. At Rutgers, his Ph.D. advisor suggested a career in a brand-new field, School Psychology. This was the perfect fit for Hil, and he spent the majority of his 25-year career with the Princeton Regional School district as their school psychologist, retiring in 1988.
Upon retirement, Hil & Lorraine purchased a log cabin on Watson Pond in Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Every summer for over 30 years they spent each July & August in Maine enjoying visits from their children and grandchildren; to Hil, it was heaven on earth.
Hil loved to swim in the pond, read and watch the birds from his rocking chair on the corner of the porch. Hil was an avid swimmer, continuing the sport three times a week until the COVID quarantine closed the pool at his Stonebridge community.
Hil loved to travel, and with Lorraine, he visited every state in the US along with numerous countries. In the early years, travel was camping with the kids, accomplishing several cross-country trips during the summer months. Later in life travel was international with just the two of them.
Hil loved to read and write, with a focus on the mind and spirituality. After retiring he wrote (7) books, two of which were books of poetry. Hil was well known for reading a poem on all special occasions. One of the hardest things he had to do when moving to Stonebridge was to give away most of his book collection due to space limitations.
Both Hil and Lorraine were long-term members of the Unitarian Church of Princeton. Hil started, and led, A Course of Miracles discussion group for over 40 years. During these group discussions he read his poems and talked of the greatness of Peace and Love; his mantra was “Peace is Oneness”.
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