G.K. “Jerry” Anderson, former Apogee Enterprises president and founder of the Harmon Contract Division, passed away on Jan. 24, 2023.

Anderson is considered by many to be a pillar of the glass and glazing industry. After graduating from Indiana University (IU) in 1954, he joined Kawneer Co. as a territory sales representative. He then joined Harmon Glass, a division of Apogee, where he founded the Harmon Contract Division in Minneapolis.

He was elected to the Apogee Board of Directors in 1981 and was named president of Apogee in 1992. He retired in 1996.

In addition to his achievements in the glass industry, Anderson earned a college football scholarship to IU and graduated with a business degree. He received the highest award from the Kelley School of Business in 1995 and the prestigious Clevenger Award from the Indiana Athletic Department in 2004.

Alongside his wife of nearly 70 years, Catherine, Anderson funded advanced education scholarships for their hometowns and IU. They were members of the President’s Circle of IU, which recognized their philanthropic efforts for the school and financial support for the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation.

Jerry is survived by Catherine; his daughters, Debra Matzke and Karen (Richard) Lehman; daughter-in-law, Gail Anderson; six grandchildren, Luke (Anne) Matzke, Lindsay (Darrell) Palmer, Brandon (Gloria) Lehman, Colin (Aubrey) Lehman, Sarah and Michelle Anderson; plus, three great-grandchildren, Anders and Lilly Matzke, and Otto Palmer. He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin, who was also in the glass industry, and four brothers.