Dr. Carl Anderson, considered by his peers as Texas’ leading cotton marketing authority and one of the nation’s leading cotton analysts, passed away Aug. 30 at the age of 82.

Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist emeritus and agricultural economics professor, served the Texas A&M University System for 36 years. He retired in 2004, but continued cotton marketing education efforts,working with the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M and AgriLife Extension.

Thirty years of his A&M System service was as leader of Extension education to help cotton farmers successfully market their crops and manage risk.

“Dr. Carl Anderson was an icon in the cotton industry,” said Dr. Parr Rosson, head of the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M, College Station.  “His more than four decades of service to the nation, the Texas A&M University System and the department of agricultural economics featured pioneering work in cotton marketing and producer risk management.  Though retired for the past 10 years, Dr. Anderson was highly active, conducting numerous educational programs and research activities.  His contributions to the Texas cotton industry and AgriLife Extension are unparalleled.”

“Throughout his career Dr. Carl Anderson strove to improve the lives of Texas farmers and ranchers by providing the best economic analysis and information available through newsletters, farm press publications, applied research and educational presentations,” said Dr. Mark Waller, AgriLife Extension economics program leader, College Station. “His leadership, tireless commitment to quality and his reputation as a cotton marketing specialist earned the admiration of his extension counterparts and cotton industry professionals across the South.  He will be missed.”

Anderson’s many achievements included induction into the department’s Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry, which recognizes distinguished alumni, plus receiving the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni award, Rosson said.