May 27, 1940 ~ June 26, 2021

Born in: Port Arthur, Texas
Resided in: College Station, Texas

In the twilight portion of his life, Swiki began to realize that the only thing that matters is one’s relationship to God through Jesus and, if one is aligned this way, the rest of it will all fall into place. And, what does not fall in place never mattered to begin with. Swiki realized that he was alive and put on this earth because God has some things for him of to do and he, like other people, would live until we completed those tasks God had for him to do.

So much for the self-anointed and applied ego feed accolades that really don’t mean much in the relative scheme of things; the important thing to Swiki was that he was able to provide for his family.

Swiki Arlis Anderson was born May 27, 1940, in St Mary’s hospital, Port Arthur, Texas to Clara Virginia (Bell) and Harold Arvin Anderson. He attended schools in Port Arthur, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1958 and enrolled at Texas A&M College the following year. He enrolled in Lamar Technical College in 1959 and received a BS-ME degree in January 1963 and joined Olin Chemical Corporation’s Ecusta paper manufacturing facility located in Pisgah Forest (near Brevard), North Carolina.

In March 1963 he joined Neches Butane Products Company, Port Neches, Texas as an engineer-in- training leaving Neches in June 1964 and re-enrolled at Lamar taking graduate course, finishing the Master of Engineering Science degree in January, 1966 and joined Shell Chemical in Deer Park, TX as a Maintenance-Project engineer, leaving Shell in September, 1967 to enter graduate school at Texas A&M University.
He joined TAMU as an Instructor, completed his Ph.D. degree in August, 1971 and was promoted first to Assistant then Associate Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at TAMU. In 1980 he applied for and received a one-year leave of absence from TAMU to do a research project for Exxon Research and Engineering for the then upcoming Clinton Facilities Project constructed in Annandale, NJ.

In 1980 he started Swiki Anderson and Associates, Inc. (SAAI) in Bryan, Texas Swiki Anderson and Associates, Inc. (SAAI) a consulting MEP and Automation & Control System integrators firm that he closed in about 2015.

So much for the self-anointed and applied ego feed accolades that really don’t mean much in the relative scheme of things; the important thing to Swiki was that he was able to provide for his family.

In June 1, 1964 he married Alice Fern DeCuir with that marriage ending up in divorce in Sept 16 1969, without children.
In July 11, 1970 he married Judy Marie McGee, the daughter of Robert Edward McGee and Addie Lillian Quin McGee, and with this partner he began the successfully part of his life.

On 28 October 1972 his life was blessed with his first son, James Ryan Anderson and 9 July 1975 his life was blessed with his second son, Robert Jeremy Anderson. On 29 Aug 2003 this family was blessed when Jeremy married Tanja Savic in Berlin, Germany with this union producing two super grandchildren, Kira Ellie Anderson born 27 Jun 2005 and Kai Austin Anderson born 31 May 2007. Unfortunately, this marriage failed and he married Christy Lynn Smith on 2 January 2015 and this marriage produced Cohen Asher Anderson, Judy and Swiki’s second grandson.

Swiki came to realize that each Christian on this earth has a responsibility as a Christian to witness for Christ to other individuals and, being able to do, is a blessing as well as a responsibility. This witness is a one-on-one contact and may not include preaching to a multitude of people as this is a special gift from good. This witness includes and encompassed witness to others through our daily lives. If we profess and know Christ then our lives should demonstrate Christ in our lives and, if it is good, we should would want other to partake in this significant blessing.

In Swiki’s case, he felt God had empowered and gave him the gift of one-on-one witnessing to others and was convinced that the only way God’s kingdom could grow was by individuals sharing what God had done in their lives. If it is good, you want to share it!

June 7, 2021


Graveside Service: June 29, 2021 10:30 am

College Station City Cemetery
2530 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX 77840


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  1. Swiki was an excellent engineer. He was thoroughly knowledgeable in his chosen engineering arts, and he oversaw his work as a master. I know because he asked me to write some computer code for him for various engineering applications. I came to admire the determined engineering resiliency he displayed, and I even got a taste of perceiving his determined belief that his main duty on Earth was serving God and being a light to others. Thank you, Swiki; I can’t wait to see you again!

  2. I will miss my cousin Swiki but I know he is in a better place now. My sincere sympathies to his wonderful loving wife Judy and sons Ryan and Jeremy. This guy was always warm, friendly, and gracious to me for as long as I can remember going back to my early childhood years. In later years when I traveled to Texas to visit my family he and Judy always welcomed me into their home for a great visit and usually an overnight stay culminating in Judy cooking up a delicious breakfast the next morning for us. Thank you Judy. You and Swiki always made me feel like family.
    Through the years I came to understand why my Mother loved Swiki more like a son than a nephew. In the years to come when I think of this fine man those thoughts and remembrances will be good ones that will warm my heart.
    May you forever Rest In Peace Cuz.

  3. Swiki was a mentor and a friend. Although we disagreed about controls later on in out relationship. He was a brilliant man which I saw first hand when he schooled three York compressor engineers from the factory on a chiller test we had done together.

    Tensest on peace Swiki!

  4. I met Swiki in 1982 when he was a prime consultant on the biggest $90M construction project I ever engineered. It was the ARCO Oil and Gas R&D project including central plant, substation and eleborate lab controls (Swiki’s signature and fingerprints all over that for sure). The facility served Perot Systems, Dell and NTT and still in operation some 40 years later.
    I was impressed with Swiki’s passion for verification leaving nothing to assumptions or guesswork. I believe the rest of my professional career was forever improved due to Swiki’s influence and for that I am forever grateful.
    We had many a BBQ meal at his facility in College Station. I never learned his secret to the best BBQ I ever had.
    As a fellow Aggie, our connection had many facets. Sharing our faith in later years makes me smile at that memory.
    Swiki, you were one of a kind. My condolences for his family. Friend, Dennis Kniery ’69

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