May 23, 2024

Archive Event Highlight

Video: Watch the Memorial for Terry Anderson at the AP

Click the window above to watch a celebration of Terry Anderson’s life, held at the Associated Press headquarters on May 8.

Anderson, an AP correspondent who was held captive in Lebanon for almost seven years during the Lebanese Civil War, died on April 21. Before his abduction, he worked for the AP in Japan and South Africa before beginning a two-and-a-half-year stint in Lebanon in 1983. After his release, he owned a blues bar in Athens, Ohio and ran unsuccessfully for the Ohio State Senate in 2004. He built more than 50 schools in Vietnam after establishing the Vietnam Children’s Fund, and contributed to the Father Lawrence Jenco Foundation, named for a fellow hostage who was the director of the Catholic Relief Services in Beirut, which supports community service projects in Appalachia.

Speakers included Terry’s fellow hostages John McCarthy and Brian Keenan, former AP president and CEO Lou Boccardi, Terry’s great friend and AP alum Don Mell, his daughter Sulome and life partner Madeleine Bassil.