Remembering Dr. Kevin Anderson | The Institute for Creation Research
Remembering Dr. Kevin Anderson
Dr. Kevin Anderson went to be with the Lord on January 16, 2022. He served the people of the Lord’s Kingdom with a lifetime of good scientific research.

He earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Kansas State University, which qualified him for a career in research and teaching in various state universities. For years, he did double duty, spending spare time on projects that supported creation.1 He eventually transitioned to full-time creation research. His last post was as Director of the Creation Research Society’s (CRS) Van Andel Research Center. Dr. Anderson and his family oversaw the recent move to its new location on the campus of Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, where he also taught undergraduate courses, including microbiology.

His passing was unexpected, and he will be dearly missed by his wife Diane and their children. Diane faithfully partnered with Kevin in service with CRS.

Dr. Anderson pioneered the Society’s dinosaur-fossil protein research effort named iDino.1 While he was Editor of the Creation Research Society Quarterly, this effort produced a special issue of that journal (51:4) that surveyed the literature on, presented new evidence for, and answered objections to the presence of protein remnants in dinosaur bone fossils. This research also bore fruit in his book and in an award-winning video, both titled Echoes of the Jurassic. The documentary famously includes video footage of flexible connective tissue in a dinosaur vertebra.

Creation Research Society collaborated with ICR on the monumental Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth (RATE) project results, which were published in two volumes in 2000 and 2005.2 In the same spirit, Dr. Kevin partnered with ICR on a project to measure the decay rate of bone collagen. Our preliminary results suggest that collagen decays orders of magnitude too quickly to have remained intact underground over deep time.3,4 This evidence fits the Bible’s portrayal of a world that God created thousands, not millions, of years ago.

Why would such a brilliant man devote his energies to these kinds of projects? In short, he cared that Christians know and understand how strongly science supports the Bible. He enjoyed opportunities to share this kind of encouragement with churches where he exhorted listeners to trust the Word of God and the God of the Word.

Dr. Anderson’s passing leaves a gaping hole in creation research. We pray the God will raise up another generation of dedicated and Christ-focused scientists to follow in his footsteps. The ICR science staff loved and deeply appreciated Kevin. We will all miss seeing his joyful smile and words of encouragement and wisdom.

1. “Investigation of Dinosaur Intact Natural Osteo-tissue”
2. See
3. Thomas, B. 2019. Collagen Decays Too Fast for Evolutionary Time. Acts & Facts. 48 (8).
4. Anderson, K. Are Dinosaur Proteins Virtually Immortal? Answers in Depth. Posted on December 15, 2017, accessed January 19, 2022.

Image: Dr. Thomas (left) and Dr. Anderson (right)

*Dr. Thomas is Research Scientist at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry from the University of Liverpool
The Latest
What Happened with Washington's Violent Volcano? | The Creation...
How did a 1980 volcanic eruption change our understanding of geology? What impact did this event have on the age assignments of sediments? Join us for...

Fossil Insect Predation Shows No Evidence of Evolution
Some recent science news stories have come out describing fossils of insects feeding on plants supposedly many “millions of years ago.” What...

Adaptive Genetic and Epigenetic Changes in Plants
Being sedentary organisms, plants are essentially stuck where they are planted and need to dynamically adapt to the conditions around them to not only...

Dr. Tim Clarey Awarded Adjunct Professor of the Year
Congratulations to ICR Research Scientist and geologist Dr. Tim Clarey! He received the Adjunct Professor of the Year award from King’s University,...

Mars Rover Records Dramatic Solar Eclipse
NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover has filmed the Martian satellite (or moon) Phobos eclipsing the sun, and this short but impressive video may be viewed...

Darwin or Design? CET Pt. 2 | The Creation Podcast: Episode 22
How does design provide a better explanation for biological functions and adaptations than natural selection? And how can engineering principles help...

Resurrecting “Ancient” Enzymes?
The most abundant protein on Earth is probably an enzyme (biological catalyst) called RuBisCO (or Rubisco) designed by the Creator to function in photosynthesis.1...

Inside May-June 2022 Acts & Facts
How can Christians stand up to scientific elitism? What does the plant fossil record in Iceland tell us about the global Flood? Does a new bacterium...

Creation Kids: Grand Canyon
by Christy Hardy and Susan Windsor* You’re never too young to be a creation scientist! Kids, discover fun facts about God’s creation...

Caring for the People in Your Life
Many people relate stewardship to managing money. When they consider their resources, money comes to mind, along with vehicles, homes, investments,...