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John Anderson | "Inspirational 100" Alumnus


John E. Anderson, B.S. 1940

John AndersonJohn E. Anderson was, until his death on July 29, 2011, president and sole shareholder of Topa Equities, Ltd., overseeing more than 40 wholly-owned subsidiaries involved in agriculture, insurance, real estate, wholesale beverage distribution and automotive dealerships.

In 1987, the UCLA Graduate School of Management was renamed The John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA in honor of Anderson's contributions to the school and university. In 1985, he received the Distinguished Service Award of Loyola Law School where the John E. Anderson Chair of Taxation was recently established. In May 1995, Mr. Anderson received the UCLA Alumnus of the Year Award, and in June 1995, he was presented with the UCLA Medal.

He was past chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, a trustee and former president of Saint John's Hospital and Health Center Foundation, and trustee of Claremont McKenna College. He was named Southern California Entrepreneur of the Year in 1987, Outstanding Individual Philanthropist on National Philanthropy Day in 1988, Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002, and was honored by the 2003 Business Hall of Fame as the Business Person of the year.

Mr. Anderson received a B.S. from UCLA, and MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business (where he was a George Fisher Baker Scholar), and a J.D. from Loyola University School of Law.

Additional Links
Message from Dean Judy D. Olian on the passing of John E. Anderson 
Marion and John E. Anderson Make $50 Million Transformative Gift to Children's Hospital Los Angeles for New Hospital Building
UCLA Anderson receives $25 million gift from John E. and Marion Anderson

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