Michael H. Anderson

Profile Updated: November 23, 2020
Residing In Arlington, VA USA
Occupation Retired diplomat, US Dept of State; consultant

Am a public diplomacy and Asian affairs specialist and consultant in Washington, DC area. In 2010, I retired from an almost 30-year career as an American diplomat serving in a number of U.S. embassies in South and Southeast Asia (Philippines, Papua New Guinea, India, Pakistan, Singapore, and Indonesia) and in Washington, DC. Now volunteer on several boards of Washington-based professional associations. Have BA and MA in journalism from University of Minnesota, and a PhD in political science from University of Hawaii/East-West Center in Honolulu. Was a Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in Malaysia, 1968-71. While at the UofM, I was editor-in-chief of The Minnesota Daily, 1967-68, and later had short reporting jobs with both Minneapolis and St. Paul daily newspapers. Wrote a book called "Madison Avenue in Asia -- Politics and Transnational Advertising," which was published in 1984, and co-edited "Crisis in International News: Policies and Prospects," a Columbia University Press book published in 1981. Also worked in New York as a communications officer with UNICEF at the UN, 1980-81.

School Story

Have fond memories of working on the "Buzzette" student paper (with good folks like Greg Long, Gail Hughes, Bob Abbott, Sue Short, etc.), co-chairing the Homecoming Committee (with Candy Carson), and serving on the Student Council and participating in the World Affairs and Latin Clubs. Was so privileged to have attended EMHS, which had terrific faculty and facilities, and to have lived in Edina, which as a community really invested in its public school system. The state of Minnesota, too, invested in education, and I really enjoyed studying at the UofM.

My parents moved out of Edina -- and back to International Falls, MN, where I was born -- several years after my high school graduation in 1964 so I have really lost contact with nearly all classmates and the Edina community generally. And most of my professional career since graduate school has been spent in Asia and Washington. But I do love returning to Minnesota a couple days a year and enjoying part of every summer up at the family's wonderful, old cabin on Rainy Lake along the Minnesota-Ontario border.

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Jun 29, 2021 at 8:19 AM

This is a sad loss- Mike was so engaged in the larger world & development overseas. We shared the Peace Corps Volunteer life early on, both in Malaysia, but it formed a bond that stayed with us. He often shared what was going on in the Friends Of Malaysia group he belonged to, encouraging my participation. His career gave him a unique insight to World Affairs- he was a valued friend for many of us. Rest In Peace.




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Posted on: Nov 23, 2020 at 11:22 AM

I clearly remember that tragic November 1963 day in Edina High and American history. I was in study hall, probably dozing off after lunch, when the shocking announcement of the JFK assassination down in Dallas came across the PA. I think it was about 130 pm. Believe classes continued on schedule for rest of the day but no one, of course, could focus on the day's lesson.

I cannot re call watching any live TV while in school, but over the weekend and thru the JFK funeral I was glued to TV, probably to Channel 4 WCCO, which carried Walter Cronkite's CBS newscasts.

Many of our generation were affected and inspired by President Kennedy. At least three members of our class joined the U.S. Peace Corps, which Kennedy had established. Several years after our graduation, Gail Hughes became a Volunteer in Lesotho in southern Africa, and both Mark Brandow and I became Volunteers in Malaysia in Southeast Asia. I suspect all three of us would agree that serving in the Peace Corps was a life-changing, very positive event or experience in our young lives.

The Peace Corps remains alive and well, and this year marks its 60th anniversary. At the moment, due to the pandemic, all Volunteers have been brought back home from their assignments in some 60 developing countries. But there are plans to get Volunteers back out to host countries as soon as health and security concerns permit.

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Dec 03, 2019 at 11:33 AM


Merrikay and Friends --  Condolences to John's family on this sad occasion.

Am sure many of our 1964 EMHS classmates have found memories of John.  Even if you were not personally very close to him you knew how he contributed to our school with his impressive athleic skills.  Hornet fans and Coach Ikola loved his exploits in the ice.  --  Mike Anderson, Washngton, DC






Oct 28, 2019 at 3:33 AM
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Jun 13, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Posted on: Jun 06, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Happy birthday, Candace, and greetings to Judge Mike.

Will be in Minnesota in July/August and maybe we can meet in Twin Cities or down in sunny Northfield. Will tell you all about my recent fun reunion lunch with Greg Long in Greenwich Village. Hadn't caught up with him in decades.

Jun 14, 2017 at 5:05 PM
Jul 06, 2016 at 11:54 AM

Mike -- Have a great birthday on the 13th! Am up on Canadian side of beautiful Rainy Lake for several weeks over the Fourth and then planning a trip to Europe and back to India in late summer/early fall. Send me your email so we can communicate and catch-up easier. Mine is Michael.h.anderson1@gmail.com.

Hi to Candice. May you both continue to enjoy retirement and those great memories of our high school days. Was so happy to be able to have spent some time last summer with Vic up at his lake cabin near Ely, MN.

Cheers. Go Hornets!

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May 30, 2016 at 11:33 AM

If my fading memory of those old "Lincoln Del" days is correct, it looks like (left to right) Mike Anderson, Mike Wilkinson, John Berg and Norm Miller posing with a smiling Vic, who is second from right.

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May 19, 2016 at 7:33 PM

So sorry to learn about the recent passing of classmate Vic Koivumaki, and I send my sincere condolences to his wife, Sylvia, in Clinton, MA and to his family.

Vic was a bright, wonderful friend and a real asset to our class of 1964. I remember how he energetically served on the Student Council and in the World Affairs Club, did volunteer work for the Red Cross, ushered during the opening year of the Guthrie Threater, played tennis,  was an exchange student down in New Zealand, loved Latin classes, cheered at Hornet hockey and basketball games, enjoyed debating, etc. etc. Later he studied at -- and would have a long administrative career serving -- Harvard

One of Vic's great loves was the lake. He loved spending summers up at his family's wonderful lake cabin close to Ely, MN and the Boundary Waters canoe country in northern Minnesota. Last summer I had a chance to stop by Vic's cabin and spend the afternoon with him and Sylvia.  He seemed in good health and spirits and recalled the good, old days in EMHS. and his love of the Minnesota outdoors.  One of his heroes was the late Sigurd F. Olson, the famous writer and environmentalist who had a little cottage close to the Koivumaki cabin..


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