Duff Porter Anderson, 60, of Summit New Jersey, died on Friday, March 18th, 2016. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 25th at 12:00pm at Christ Church, Summit. Visitation to be held at the Morris Room in the Grand Summit Hotel on Thursday, March 24th, (2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm). Cremation will be private.
A 1977 graduate of Williams College, where he was Co-Captain of the Varsity Swimming Team, President of the Junior Advisors in 1975, and a three-time All American member of Purple Key, a service honorary society. He was a tireless volunteer for the Williams College Alumni Society and served as Class Agent for several years. He was a 1982 graduate of Harvard Business School.
Mr. Anderson spent most of his professional career in the financial services industry, the bulk of which was spent at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Initially he served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to the Investment Services Group and then, for the majority of his time at DLJ, he was a managing director of Global Equities and Investment Banking. Duff developed a wide array of lifelong friendships during his years at DLJ.
In more recent years, Duff turned his energy towards charity work and volunteerism, specifically the USO. His love of country and the welfare of the men and women who serve in the military and their families, became his passion and purpose. He spent countless hours volunteering in their various programs and received the highest accolades in volunteerism from the Metropolitan Tri-State area; and was also nominated for the same award on the national level.
His many friends remember Duff as a kind, gentle, and very thoughtful person. He was known as the “poet laureate” of every birthday celebration, writing an epic poem or limerick in honor of the celebrant. His kindness and generosity was not limited to friends; after 9/11 Duff was known to frequently deliver lunch to the firehouse nearest his office. These first responders then became devoted friends of Duff as well.
Survived by his loving wife Pat Walsh; three children, Stewart, Lindsay and Duncan; two brothers, Kelley and Brian, and sister Hope; three step-children, Jacklyn Faraci Smith, Jay Faraci and Libby Faraci.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to USO (USO Metropolitan New York 270 Madison Avenue, Suite 1207 New York, NY 10016).