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Written by TRF Times   
    Sacramento, Calif. - Roland G. Anderson, 85, died peacefully on Tuesday,  Jan. 24, 2012. 
    A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, in Sacramento, CA., on February 18, 2012 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the church.
    Roland Gustav Anderson, M.D. F.A.C.S., was born on July 18, 1926 in Rockford, Ill. He attended elementary school and high school in his hometown, before enrolling at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from 1945-1948 as an undergraduate, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree.
    Roland received his M.D. from University of Illinois; he did  his surgical residency at Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan; Detroit Receiving Hospital, and Dearborn Michigan Veterans.
    In 1955, Roland was called to serve in the miliary as battalion medical officer on Guam. He served there for two years, earning captain of the Army Medical Corps.
    Between the years of 1960-1966, Roland went into private practice in Thief River Falls. In 1966, Roland relocated with his wife and three children to Sacramento, Calif., and he  joined the Medical Clinic of Sacramento (currently known as Catholic Healthcare West) and was affiliated with Sutter General, Sutter Memorial, Mercy General and Mercy San Juan, where he specialized in general surgery.
     Roland retired in October 2003 but continued to assist former colleagues until June 2005, at which time he retired from surgery.
    Throughout Roland’s career, he held many leadership positions throughout the medical community: chairman of general surgery at Sutter Hospitals; chairman of quality assurance at Mercy Hospitals; chairman of surgery audit at Mercy Hospitals; member of Sutter General Tissue and Death; chairman of the surgical section of Foundation of Health Plan; and member of the Foundation Health Plan Medical Advisory Panel.
    Profession interests of Roland included actively participating as a member of the Fellow American College of Surgeons Northern California ACS Chapter; Sacramento Surgical Society; American Medical Association; and Sacramento Medical Society.
    Roland loved his profession and looked forward to each day of going to work and making a contribution to life. His other passions included fishing, hunting and annual trips to British Columbia and Alaska. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Cubs, and loved nothing more than to cheer his team’s to victory.
    Roland lived a full life, enjoying every day and always finding the best in people. He will be remembered by so many whose lives he touched and healed throughout his career.
    Roland married Ulrika Karlson in Chicago, Ill., in 1952. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Sharon Anderson; son, Gregg Anderson and daughter-in-law, Cynthia; daughter, Kristine Diez (Anderson), and son-in-law, Craig Diez; grandchildren: Matthew, Benjamin, and Noelle Anderson; Erika, AnnMarie, and Jordan Diez.
    Roland will be greatly missed by his family friends, and grandchildren.     A00003B2012MR21