Glenn Anderson Jr.’s Kin Gather to Mourn With AM-Lebanon Hostages
BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) _ Glenn R. Anderson Jr., brother of Beirut hostage Terry Anderson, was remembered at a memorial service Tuesday as a man of great courage who battled cancer more than 20 years.
Anderson, 46, died of lung cancer Saturday, four days after making a videotaped appeal for the release of his brother, one of five Americans kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon and believed still being held.
The tape appealing for the release of the 38-year-old chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press was played Tuesday on Lebanese state television.
″Each member of our family has shown strength and courage beyond what any of us should be reasonably be expected to display during our lifetime,″ the Andersons’ sister, Peggy Say, said at the service.
Glenn Anderson was hospitalized at age 15 for cancer and won that battle only to be stricken by Hodgkin’s disease in his 20s. He died aboard an ambulance plane flying from Batavia to Ocala, Fla., where he lived.
During the half-hour service at the H.E. Turner Funeral Home, the Rev. Thomas W. Vickers of Bethany Center Baptist Church said Glenn told him to say: ″Peggy, don’t quit. Bring Terry home.″
″Glenn knew he was going to die and he was afraid to die,″ Vickers said. ″But he said he wanted to go like a man.″
Anderson’s ashes will be buried Wednesday at Grandview Cemetery.
He was the second member of Terry Anderson’s immediate family to die since Anderson was abducted in March 1985. Their father, Glenn Sr., died of cancer Feb. 15 at age 69.
In his taped plea, Glenn Anderson 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.″
Glenn Anderson’s son, Doug Anderson, 24, said he felt it was his duty to carry on his father’s fight for Terry Anderson’s release. ″Now it almost doubles the resolve to get him before something else bad happens.″
Mrs. Say, who obtained a visa to Lebanon last week, said she plans to go next week to see Lebanese President Amin Gemayel.
The other four Americans missing or believed held by Moslem extremists are William Buckley, 58, a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut; the Rev. Martin Lawrence 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.
Glenn Anderson is survived by his wife, Jean; seven children; two grandchildren; two sisters; and three brothers.