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The Albany Law School community is saddened by
the loss of Professor Frank Anderson, longtime faculty member who died at home on Oct. 24, 2018, at age 98.
He earned his law degree from Albany Law School in 1947, joined the Albany Law
School faculty in 1958 after running a general practice in Cooperstown, N.Y., and
taught until he retired in 1980. He continued part-time teaching for 10 more
years at the Law School, pro bono.
Through the 1980s staff
and faculty often found him in a small office in the library where he read five
newspapers a day, as well as prepared to teach his class on Professional
He told Albany Law Magazine in 2007 that he recently bought
his fifth jeep. “My first one the Germans took from me on Feb. 14, 1943.” He recalled
then driving silently, alone, for 14,000 miles to Alaska and back in a
meandering route through northern Canada.
He single-handedly thwarted a bank robbery,
capturing one robber and helping the police catch the second.
Of the larger-than-life stories that surrounded Professor
Anderson, the most common was his thwarting a bank robbery,
single-handedly capturing one robber and helping the police catch the second,
preventing the bank from losing the stolen $63,000.
Driving by the State Bank of Albany on his way to work in
1970, he observed the robbery taking place.
As the two robbers fled, he pulled his car onto the curb to block the
path of one of them, according to Schenectady’s Daily Gazette. When the other robber
tried to climb a fence, Professor Anderson “seized and held him until officers
arrived.” He then chased the other robber with the police to point him out for
them. For his actions, he received a $5,000 award from the National Crime and
The Albany Law Review published "A Tribute to Professor Francis H. Anderson" in its Winter 1989 issue (Vol. 53, No. 2) upon Professor Anderson's entry into full-time retirement.
"Professor Anderson personifies the Albany experience, and thirty-two years' worth of students can attest to the impact he has had on their professional development," wrote contributor Brian
McKay ’74, then-Attorney General of Nevada. "Professor