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Dr. Hilton L. Anderson
July 17, 1927-August 22, 2021
Hilton L. Anderson passed peacefully at his home in Montgomery, NJ at the age of 94. Affectionately known as Hil, he graduated from North Plainfield High School and was quickly drafted into WWII where he served briefly as a med tech in the US army. Using the GI bill he attended Rutgers University, where he met the love of his life Lorraine. They were married in 1952 and enjoyed 64 years together before her passing in 2017. Hil also obtained his PhD in psychology from Rutgers in 1969. Prior to completing his PhD, Hil worked in the insurance and medical fields. At Rutgers his PhD advisor suggested a career in a brand-new field, School Psychology. This was the perfect fit for Hil, and he spent the majority of his 25-year career with the Princeton Regional School district as their school psychologist. Hilton served as president of the NJ School Psychologist's Association in 1974 along with serving on the board of education for the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District for three years through 1977.
After retiring in 1988 Hil & Lorraine spent over 30 summers in their log cabin on Watson Pond in Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Every July & August they enjoyed visits from their children and grandchildren; to Hil it was heaven on earth. Hil loved to swim in the pond, read and watch the birds from his rocking chair on the corner of the porch. Hil was an avid swimmer, continuing the sport three times a week until the COVID quarantine closed the pool at his Stonebridge community.
Hil loved to travel, and with Lorraine, he visited every state in the US along with numerous countries. In the early years travel was camping with the kids, accomplishing several cross-country trips during the summer months. Later in life travel was international with just the two of them.
Hil loved to read and write, with a focus on the mind and spirituality. After retiring he wrote (7) books, two of which were books of poetry. Hil was well known for reading a poem at all special occasions. One of the hardest things he had to do when moving to Stonebridge was giving away most of his book collection due to space limitations.
Both Hil and Lorraine were long-term members of the Unitarian Church of Princeton. Hil started, and led, A Course of Miracles discussion group for over 40 years. During these group discussions he read his poems and talked of the greatness of Peace and Love; his mantra was “Peace is Oneness”.
Hilton is survived by his sister Wynne Sumner, his three (3) children David Anderson (Stacey Anderson), Lynn Barclay (David Barclay) & Jean Anderson (William Brantley), his seven (7) grandchildren Amanda Barclay Witkowski, Cynthia Barclay Camponelli, Rebecca Barclay, Zachary Anderson, Kelly Anderson, Jackson Brantley & Carson Brantley, along with his three (3) great grandchildren Nicholas, Emilia, and Hailey.
A Memorial Service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hilton and Lorraine Anderson Scholarship Fund with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County: www.bgcmercer.org