WOW! What a shock. This entry is dated March 24, 2014 because many of the folks in my group that knew Roger are JUST hearing of this tragic sad loss of a brilliant charismatic soul.
Our group was the International Space Station Team at Boeing Rocketdyne, which Roger was a HUGE part of. After hearing of his passing just yesterday, we all are very saddened by this. The emails are passing amongst us now and we are all sharing memories of Roger – our colleague and our friend.
In speaking for myself now, I remember Roger as one of the SMARTEST IT and Computer guys I ever knew. He was so gifted at what he did, he developed a word class Engineering Support Room for the International Space Station, and made it look easy. He was a critical piece of this team, and was a HUGE asset to all. He not only was ever so bright in California, he became a diver as mentioned in the initial news article from his family, and contributed great things to NASAs Space Program, in that he was critical in testing hardware that would fly on the next mission, swimming and diving side by side with our nations accomplished astronaut corp. Roger was so gifted, and so bright, he lit up a room. His smile with those great dimples and his always upbeat persona amazed me. He never looked stressed. He was calm and casual, yet accomplished beyond most, and pretty simply a genius. Whenever I had any computer or system or network issue, I went to Roger. He gladly stopped whatever he was doing to help and never complained. We travelled together as a team, had parties together, barbeques even in Houston together, and we laughed, ahhhhh most of all we laughed. Roger was a happy man- his smile lit up a soul. I know our group- to mention a few- me, Maral, Vanessa, Cathy, Gabe, Humberto, Charles, Frankie, Heather, Dave, Ken, Scott, Huong, and SO MANY MORE will forever miss Roger M. Anderson.
Me, personally, will always remember Roger as a bright light in the sky, sailing side by side with the International Space Station for which he was a critical part of. I am so saddened by this loss, and feel for the loved ones, but for the believers, we know Roger is in a better place with the Lord and is free of any Earthly pressures that could have been upon him, feeling no pain as he sails through the stars. Hey, he could be designing the Website for the Stars by now, smiling his way through these journeys. Roger my friend, I know you are sorely missed, but truly believe you are at peace. One day my friend, we will all meet again.
It is true, the good ones always taken way too soon, but they are needed – and you are universally needed my friend. May you keep singing and shining up there always so we can remember you as you were – God Bless you and all your loved ones
Huntington Beach, Ca