Terry Anderson’s Brother is Eulogized as a Brave Man
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) _ Glenn R. Anderson Jr., the brother of Middle East hostage Terry Anderson, was eulogized as a brave man who struggled against cancer most his life before succumbing to the disease.
In an emotional appeal videotaped from his hospital bed last Tuesday, Glenn Anderson pleaded with his brother’s abductors in Lebanon to release Terry so they could see each other one more time.
But Glenn, 46, died of lung cancer Saturday while being flown from Batavia to spend his final days at his home in Ocala, Fla. His taped plea was played Tuesday on Lebanese state television.
Terry Anderson, 38, the Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was kidnapped from a Beirut street on March 16, 1985. He is among five Americans abducted in Beirut and believed still being held.
Anderson’s sister, Peggy Say, who has been the chief family spokesman in the struggle to win freedom for her brother, spoke in a sometimes choked voice to about 100 family members and friends at a memorial service Tuesday for Glenn Jr. in a Batavia funeral home.
″Each member of our family has shown strength and courage beyond what any of us should be reasonably expected to display during our lifetime,″ she said. But Glenn Jr., she said, showed ″a special brand of courage.″
She tearfully recalled how her mother died 10 years ago while undergoing an operation she knew she wouldn’t survive. Mrs. Say’s father, Glenn Sr., 69, died on her birthday last Feb. 15, she said, while struggling to live so he might see Terry again.
Glenn Jr., whom she called Rich, had cancer at 15 and wasn’t expected to live, but he survived, only to be stricken by Hodgkin’s Disease in his early 20s, she said. With chemotherapy he overcame that, too, she said, because he ″willed himself to live. But finally he faced a battle he was destined not to win.″
The Rev. Thomas W. Vickers, pastor of Bethany Center Baptist Church, gave family members final messages from Glenn Jr. during the half-hour service. ″He asked me to say, ’Peggy, don’t quit. Bring Terry home,‴ the pastor said.
Anderson’s ashes will be buried today at Grandview Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; seven children; two grandchildren; two sisters; and three brothers.
In his taped request last week, he said, ″My father died of cancer waiting to see Terry. He did not see him. Now I have cancer, and I made a vow I would not die until I saw Terry. That vow is very close to an end. Please release him. I wish to see him one more time. Please release him. Thank you.″
Mrs. Say of Batavia, who obtained a visa last week to visit Lebanon, said earlier she plans the trip soon and hopes to see Lebanese President Amin Gemayel. No date has been set.
Anderson and the other Americans are believed held by the Islamic Holy War, a fundamentalist sect of the Shiite Moslems.
The other Americans are William Buckley, 58, a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut; the Rev. Lawrence Martin Jenco, 51, a Roman Catholic priest from Joliet, Ill.; David Jacobsen, 54, administrator of American University Hospital; and Thomas Sutherland, 55, acting dean of agriculture at the American University of Beirut.