Philip William Anderson

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Dr. Philip William Anderson, 76, a long-time Washington, D.C. area resident and international consulting executive, passed away on June 20, 2022, in Reston, VA. He was a resident of Vienna, VA.

Philip was born in Los Angeles, CA to Rudolph and Hildur Anderson on November 16, 1945 and raised in Hollywood. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCLA and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. He was a life-long lover of learning, travel, music, art and great comedy.

As President and CEO of P.W. Anderson & Partners, Ltd., Philip specialized in international economic development, asset characterization research and market development with an emphasis on the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and life sciences areas. He assisted universities in creating intercontinental alliances in the IT and life science sectors and formulated a platform to match university clinical science groups with multi-national pharmaceutical companies for purposes of drug discovery and development research. He was particularly thrilled to be able to secure funding from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for the University of Helsinki scientists working diligently to create a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Philip was a frequent guest speaker regarding commercial expansion and investment in Northern Europe, Eastern Germany and Russia and authored more than 15 related studies. He had served on the advisory board for Lufthansa Airlines, the Swedish-American Cultural Union (of which he was a founder) and the Finnish-American Business Council in Washington, D.C. In recognition of distinguished service in furthering Swedish-American relations, Philip was awarded the Royal Medal by King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden. He dearly loved his Swedish heritage and his extended Swedish clan.

Above all, Dr. Anderson cherished his family and considered his beloved children and grandchildren the most fulfilling achievements and rewards of his life. He lived life with the utmost joy and was beloved by all who had the good fortune to meet him.

Survivors include his loving wife, Debra, children Kathleen Frix, Hunter Anderson and Suzanne Jackson (Chris); his adored grandchildren, Brayden and Jackson Frix, and Coen, Makenna and Brynnen Jackson; his best friend, Jayson Pahlmeyer, and his beloved extended family in the U.S. and Sweden and friends all around the globe.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Andrew Chapel Cemetery in Vienna, VA. A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be announced to allow Philip’s many loving friends and family to join together to share their remembrances and stories of time spent with Philip. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in honor of the work Philip performed to help further the research for a cure for Parkinson’s disease (

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  1. Dear Debra ~ we only got to meet Philip once but his charm and kindness was so memorable. We send our love and appreciation for your family’s strength.

    • It was a pleasure to Meet Dr. Anderson and the world will surely miss him and his works for others.

  2. This is bit late. I just got the news from Iva. I am in India and did not know this has happened. I deepest sympathies to the family. Phillip gave me Job at the start of a carrier as an assistant. I joined PWA through a Temping agency. Long story short, I became permanent employee of his company and worked with him, Gerheart Kelm, Paul Miller, Iva Keller for little while. Even after leaving the job, I kept good contact with him for a long while. I will miss him. Shrini Viswanathan

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