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IU Northwest library building dedicated as the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center

Dedication recognizes contributions made by Anderson and his Foundation to the success of the campus, students


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Emily Banas
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Charles Sheid
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Indiana University Northwest celebrated a significant campus milestone on July 27, 2011 with the dedication of the Library Conference Center as the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center. 

The dedication served as recognition for the many contributions made by the late Mr. Anderson, a prolific inventor and successful Northwest Indiana businessman, and the Anderson Foundation, which he established.  

IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe noted that the dedication of the campus library – often considered the main entrance or ”front door” at IU Northwest – is a very special distinction that recognizes a particularly strong connection between Anderson’s good work and the Northwest campus’s academic mission. 

“Mr. Anderson’s generosity and the enduring friendship of his Foundation have provided substantial resources to this campus over four decades, contributing to the high-quality Indiana University education that we offer to our students,” Lowe said. “The Library Conference Center is where our students study and perform much of the research and intellectual inquiry that form the basis of their academic experience. It is home to our state-of-the-art Information Commons that is visible from the Library entrance and where many members of the Northwest Indiana community gather when they are on campus.” 

Anderson was known for his high degree of civic engagement in Northwest Indiana, a legacy that his Foundation has carried forward to the present day. He sponsored an entire league of Little League baseball teams, was a National Director of the Boys’ Clubs of America, and his legacy of support for higher learning has helped Indiana University and its students achieve optimal success. 

“This dedication reminds the campus community of the vital role that partnership plays in higher education, and it ensures that the Anderson Foundation’s commitment to IU Northwest will be permanently represented on our campus,” Lowe said. 

Chairman Bruce Wargo expressed appreciation on behalf of the Trustees of the Foundation for honoring Mr. Anderson. 

Anderson founded The Anderson Company (ANCO), a manufacturer of automobile accessories, in South Bend, Ind. in 1918. In 1923, he relocated to Gary, Ind., where ANCO employed a significant number of people in the production of refillable windshield wiper blades, Anderson’s signature invention. 

During World War II, Anderson co-founded the Automotive Council for War Production in Detroit. He received the Freedom Foundation Award in 1950 and the Jefferson Medal of the New Jersey Patent Law Association in 1954, and he was posthumously inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1972.

Anderson established the John W. Anderson Foundation in 1967 to provide support for charitable organizations including higher education. 

A plaque displayed on the east wall near the Library Conference Center’s north entrance will serve as a reminder of the many significant and substantial contributions that Anderson and the Anderson Foundation have made to the success and advancement of IU Northwest and its students, as well as to the entire Northwest Indiana region.