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Rodney Ebon Anderson

Obituary Condolences

Rodney Ebon Anderson
Former Resident of Los Gatos
Rodney Ebon Anderson passed away on Friday, January, 25, 2013, in Woodland, California, at the age of 92. He was born on November 20, 1920, in DeKalb, Illinois, the son of Ebon and Augusta Specht Anderson. He received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Northern Illinois State Teachers College (now Northern Illinois University) in 1942. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Washington, D.C. where he served as radar officer on Secretary of War Henry Stimson's airplane. He was sent to Guam in 1944 where he served with the 20th Air Force until his discharge in 1946 at the rank of Captain.
He married Alice Jane Bradford of Oregon, Illinois on September 3, 1943. After the war, he attended the University of Chicago, receiving his master's degree in Mathematics in 1950, and Indiana University, receiving his doctorate in Education in 1956. He taught mathematics at Northern Illinois University for eleven years until his family moved to Los Gatos, California, in 1958. He taught mathematics at San Jose State University for the next twenty-two years before retiring in 1980.
A caring husband, father, and grandfather, he will be remembered for his sense of humor, his staunch political liberalism, his keen intelligence and love of argument, and his belief in the value of education. He enjoyed woodworking, stamp collecting, and listening to music and was an avid reader, particularly of history. He was frequently involved in home improvement projects and was a skilled carpenter, electrician, plumber, and repairman.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Jane, of Davis, CA; his children Susan Malone (John Jenkins) of Belvedere, CA; David Anderson (Carrie) of Davis, CA; Marilyn Anderson of Los Gatos, CA; Carol Raynaud de Lage (Philippe) of Saint-Cloud, France; and John Anderson of Berkeley, CA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Kate Malone of Delray Beach, FL; Molly Malone of Sausalito, CA; Rory Anderson of Cape Town, South Africa, Gavin Anderson of Johannesburg, South Africa; Thomas and Julie Raynaud de Lage of Saint-Cloud, France; and Jeffrey and Kevin Anderson of Davis, CA; and by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen White, and by his eldest son, Kenneth Anderson, who passed away in 2011.
His family wants to express their deep gratitude to the staff of St. John's Retirement Village and in particular to the staff of Manor West where he spent his last years. Their patient and loving care for him made his last days comfortable and happy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. John's Retirement Village, 135 Woodland Ave., Woodland, CA 95695.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 20, 2013
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