More than 30 people enjoyed a day of remembering the late Dr. Kenneth Andersen at the Historical Society Depot Museum Sunday, Sept. 16.
The program was presented by his son Philip Andersen, Center Point dentist and Historical Society president, with the help of Doc’s other son, Kenneth, a family doctor in the Des Moines area.
Kenneth joked about his dad’s cheerful one-upmanship when he and his dad would consult each other about cases over the phone.
He also said that when his dad did the impromptu delivery of Alice Hough’s baby in the office, a person in the waiting room when she came out later said, “Now, I just know that woman didn’t have a baby when she came in here.”
Philip remembered his dad’s silly humor. Doc did rounds at the Benion Nursing Home—the building was where the new Library addition is now. He would always greet one of the elderly residents with: “Hello Mrs. Yost. Have you eaten your toast?”
The Library addition/remodel, Fross Park expansion/amenities, and a perpetual scholarship at CPU are some of the ways Doc and wife Marilyn have given back to the community that welcomed them in 1951.
The Library and its basement community room are named after the Andersens, and the Andersen Family Community Center is where the next Historical Society event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18.
The annual community Harvest Potluck will be at 6 p.m.
At 7 will be a free program by Teddy Roosevelt re-enactor Darrel Draper from Omaha.
The potluck and program are co-sponsored by Friends of the Center Point Library.