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Populous pays tribute as co-founder Anderson passes away

Architectural firm Populous has announced the passing of its co-founder Jerry Anderson after a battle with cancer.

Anderson spent over four decades in the sports architecture industry, working with a host of venues across a range of sports.

During his career, Anderson built teams that planned, delivered and operated key US-based events such as football’s 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 1996 summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Anderson also worked on other major events including American football’s NFL Super Bowl showpiece. In addition, he was selected to participate in the 2012 London Olympic Games Torch Relay.

Anderson is survived by wife Rebecca, son Jackson; his brother Dave, and father Gerald.

Earl Santee, managing director FAIA, Populous Americas, paid a special tribute to Anderson: “Jerry made an indelible mark on Populous’ global presence, but more importantly, his work is etched in the memories of billions around the world.

“He was a respected colleague, a friend to so many and a leader for us all, and we will greatly miss him.

“When you think about Jerry’s career, he had a roster of clients any professional would envy.

“But he was the consummate professional, and what grounded him every day was bringing leadership to the event teams as they prepared and delivered life’s most memorable moments.”

Todd Barnes, senior principal at Populous, also said: “Jerry loved every aspect of every detail that goes into planning an event in a stadium or venue site. He loved teaching the art and practice of event and watching his team grow into the professionals we have all become.

“We are all blessed to have been able to learn from a true worldwide innovator.”

Everyone at TheStadiumBusiness would like to pass on their condolences to Jerry’s family.

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