Richard Brewster “Dick” Anderson was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on December 12, 1934. He moved to Maine in 1953 to attend the University of Maine at Orono. Anderson studied wildlife conservation in college and spent time during the summer working for the Fish and Wildlife Department in Sanford, Maine. Anderson helped found the State Biologists Association, an environmental organization based in Maine.
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