Victor Anderson, 90, was born in Alnwick, where his father Stan, an England rugby international and county cricketer, and mother Nancy ran The Plough Hotel.
A pupil at the Duke’s Grammar School, he was the youngest of five boys.
He joined the Army at the age of 17 and fought in Burma and south-east Asia during the Second World War.
He spent two years with the Army in India before returning to England, where he became a solicitor at the Newcastle firm of Wilkinson & Marshall.
In 1942, he began a 12-year pen-pal relationship with Marianne Baum, who lived in Tel Aviv. He finally met his soul mate at London’s Liverpool Street Station in 1954, and proposed to her three days later. They married on June 11, 1955, following Victor’s arrival in America, to where her family had moved in 1948.
Victor attended the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating in 1957. He had a distinguished legal career with Minnesota-based Cargill, Inc, ending his career as assistant general counsel.
He loved reading, writing fiction and poetry, films, plays, travelling, photography and all sports. He founded the Tonka United Soccer Club in 1978, one of the largest youth football clubs in Minnesota.
Victor is survived by Marianne, sons Ron and Cliff and grandchildren Ian, Victoria, Eva and Tatum.