Dr. Wallace Anderson Chapel
The chapel located in Cornerstone Assisted Living is dedicated to Dr. Wallace Anderson. Below you will find a biography of this important community member’s life:
Wally was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1921. After graduating from high school, he attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His education was interrupted while he served in the Army Air Force as a meteorologist. After he completed his service, he returned to Wheaton to finish his undergraduate degree and he also met his wife Claire. Dr. Anderson completed his education at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Dr. Anderson started his medical career as a general practice physician in the 1950’s at a clinic in Lakeville, MN; he then spent many years at a clinic on Lowry Avenue in Robbinsdale and at the former Golden Valley Medical Clinic. He worked as an emergency room physician at North Memorial Medical Center from 1975 to 1986. During his time at North Memorial he served for one year as the hospital’s chief of staff.
Wally used his gifts as a physician on numerous medical missionary trips overseas. He worked in Taipei, Taiwan; the United Arab Emirates; Pakistan; and Kenya twice. He was also on the mission board of St. Louis Park Evangelical Free Church. He was a pillar of the congregation and also served on the elder board and mentored many in their Christian faith.
Wally and Claire raised their eight children Sarah, Mark, Michael, Stephan, Jonathan, Martha, Mary Claire and Julia on a hobby farm in Medina. Anderson named the farm Green Acres and was fond of saying, “The family that hays together, stays together.”
Wally served on the board of Elim Care for six years, three of those years as chairman of the board. It was during these years that he convinced the Elim Board of Directors to buy the 52.5 acres which is now Cornerstone Assisted Living, Cornerstone Commons and the surrounding townhomes. This wonderful development and ministry is here today because of Dr. Anderson’s vision for the future and his desire to serve older adults in the spirit of Christ’s love.
Wally himself was able to experience first hand the excellent care of Cornerstone Assisted Living as he spent the last years of his life here before his death on June 19, 2009.
It is with deep gratitude for Dr. Anderson’s vision and compassion that Cornerstone Assisted Living and Elim Care dedicated this chapel on April 18, 2009.