Courtroom to be dedicated in honor of Anderson

By Chris Swick
June 09, 2015

Former District court judge Carl B Anderson, Jr., will be memorialized by having the courtroom he presided over named in his honor following action taken Monday by the McPherson County Commission.

“Right after Judge Anderson passed away in 2013, the idea occurred to me that he had spent 37 years hearing cases in that courtroom,” McPherson County District Court Judge Richard Walker said. “I had been in other courthouses where they dedicated courtrooms to judges and I don't know any other judges that served 37 years in one location as he did.”

The courtroom memorial will be located on the second floor of the McPherson County Courthouse and will involve a portrait of Anderson and a small plaque

The McPherson Bar Association is hoping to have a dedication ceremony in the coming weeks, though an official date has yet to be set.

“They would like to have a meeting over there, an unveiling of the portrait, dedication of the courtroom,” Walker said. “Certainly would like the [McPherson County Commmission] to be involved with that if at all possible. Make it a celebration of the life and career of Judge Anderson.”

Anderson passed away in February 2013 after a life-long battle with diabetes. His passing came just a month after he announced his intention to retire from the bench.

The commission approved the memorial on a vote of 2-0. Commissioner Linus Linaweaver was absent from the meeting.