Claude Van Anderson ’50

Claude Van Anderson ’50 passed away on November 11, 2011. He was a graduate of Sullivan High School, where he played football, basketball, and golf; and the University of Illinois, where he had significant success in basketball as a four-year letterman and played in a NCAA Championship game. He served in the U.S. Army, playing on the U.S. Army basketball team to entertain the troops. After college and his army career, Van continued to play basketball, leading the Court Street United Methodist team to a city championship. He received a congressional appointment to West Point, unfortunately he was disqualified due to being colorblind. Over the years this was often apparent in his choice of clothing colors. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Van was offered a professional basketball contract with the Sheboygan Redskins, which he turned down in favor of beginning his career and raising his young family. Van began his career at Illinois National Bank, which became Amcore Bank, where he rose to the position of Senior Vice-President while providing significant leadership to the community.

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