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Pia Anderson: obituary

10 January 2014


“Pia T. Anderson, Swedish Foreign Service Employee and Artist.” Washington Post, 4 June 2013.

By Megan McDonough

Pia T. Anderson, 89, a former employee of the Swedish foreign service who later in life became an oriental carpet artisan, died May 29 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

She had a heart attack, said her son, Mark Anderson.

Maria Ellen Troell, who went by the nickname Pia, was born in Karlshamn, Sweden. She was a 1942 graduate of Sweden’s Lund University.

In the 1940s and 1950s, Mrs. Anderson served in the Swedish foreign service. She moved to Washington in 1954 and later became a U.S. citizen.

She accompanied her husband, a U.S. Information Agency officer, on postings in Tehran, Madrid, Paris and London.

Mrs. Anderson created miniature oriental carpets on silk meshes and was inducted into the International Guild of Miniature Artisans in 1994. She spoke six languages.

Her husband of 44 years, Burnett Anderson, died in 1998. Survivors include two sons, Mark Anderson of Brooklyn and Lee Anderson of Alexandria; a sister; and two grandchildren.

[She lived at 632 A Street, SE. Thanks to Gene Berry for supplying this reference.]

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