Deborah Anderson Honored With Award

Deborah Anderson Honored With Award
Posted on 11/08/2023

The Royal Oak Historical Society has named Deborah Anderson the 2023 Thomas F. Wurdock Award recipient in recognition of her extensive community service. Anderson, a previous School Board President, and currently Secretary for the Royal Oak Schools Board of Education, has provided leadership and oversight of the district since 2006.

Anderson has been an active volunteer and community leader in Royal Oak for many years. She has served on the boards of the Royal Oak Schools Foundation and the Royal Oak Historical Society, including terms as president of both organizations.

Anderson was honored at a recent Royal Oak Historical Society Dinner. It was there that she shared that one of her proudest achievements was leading the effort to restore the historic Depression-era murals on display in the Royal Oak Middle School auditorium.

The Thomas F. Wurdock Award is named after the late Thomas F. Wurdock (1931-2015), who was dedicated to community service in Royal Oak, according to the ROHS. The award is given annually to a community member who carries on Wurdock's legacy through their commitment and volunteerism.

"Tom Wurdock was the epitome of community service," Anderson said. "So it was especially humbling to receive this award that’s dedicated to him."

In announcing the award, Royal Oak Historical Society President Bob Muller said Anderson's assistance during his tenure was invaluable in keeping the organization on track. He also noted her instrumental role in solving problems.

Anderson has contributed her time, talents, and leadership to make Royal Oak a better community. The Thomas F. Wurdock Award is a fitting honor for her decades of unwavering service.

Deb Anderson with award