Jack B. Anderson, entrepreneur, dies at 82

Jack B. Anderson

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Jack B. Anderson, entrepreneur and founding president of Metro Construction Group in Washington, died Oct. 16 at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington. He was 82.

The cause was prostate cancer, said his daughter, Judith Campbell.

Mr. Anderson, a Washington resident, was founding president and chief executive of Andergo Oil, a Washington oil distributor, from 1978 until 1988. He then founded the now-defunct Consolidated Energy Corp. in Washington and served as the company’s chief executive until his retirement in 1992.

A decade later, he founded the Metro Construction Group Inc. The Washington development company helped complete the interior finishings of the World War II Memorial visitors center, said his daughter.

Earlier in his career, he was a warehouse supervisor and top salesman at Beitzell & Co., a Washington liquor distributor.

Jack Bernard Anderson, a District native, was a 1950 graduate of Cardozo High School and received an associate’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1957. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Anderson was a member of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Minority Business Enterprise Program and the Israel Baptist Church in Washington, where he sang in the men’s choir.

His wife of 50 years, Margaret Burrell Anderson, died in 2006. Survivors include three children, Judith Campbell of Waldorf, Md., Jacquelyn Coleman of Temple Hills, Md., and Kenneth Anderson of Erwin, N.C.; a sister, Joan Ryberg of Gaithersburg, Md.; two brothers, Gary Anderson of Washington and Jerry Anderson of Tampa; and three grandsons.

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