Dr Robert John (Bob) Anderson was a University of Adelaide Honours graduate (1976) who undertook a doctorate on the chemotaxonomy of Correa (Rutaceae) at La Trobe University under the supervision of Trevor Whiffin. Herbarium specimen vouchers are currently in the Latrobe University herbarium. He joined the now University of Ballarat as a lecturer but the failing health of his parents drew him back to Adelaide where he based himself for the remainder of his life.
He joined Kinhill (now KBR) in Adelaide in 1990 and undertook environmental work with them for many years. He was particularly proud of his vegetation work with the Department of Defence across the many hectares of land they manage. At his funeral on 31st July 2012 his colleagues expressed appreciation of his mentoring in science methodology and publication.
Despite years away from practicing plant systematics he retained an active interest in botany and his membership of ASBS.
Source: Extracted from: obituary by Greg Leach in Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 153 (December 2012) p.48