Dr. Anderson was born August 25, 1944 in Howard, South Dakota as the third of seven children. He was raised on a farm with his brothers and sisters and worked hard to get scholarships to get an education. He graduated from South Dakota State University in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, and from the University of South Dakota Medical School in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science in Medicine. In 1974, he graduated with his M.D. from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Anderson completed his internship in 1975 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX. He completed his surgical residency at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield from 1975 to 1978. In 1978 Dr. Anderson moved to Delano and opened a surgical practice with Dr. Sam Shields and has served the community of Delano at Delano Regional Medical Center for the last 28 years.
Dr. Anderson was currently a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University California at San Diego, served on the Board of Director of Hospice of Delano, and as Chairman of the Board for Delano Medical Arts Building. He was also a member of the Physician Advisory Committee for Kern Health Systems, on the Emergency Medical Care Advisory Board of the County of Kern, a member of the Kern Medical Society, and a member of the California Medical Association, and a member of B.P.O.E. and Delano Chamber of Commerce. Throughout his career, Dr. Anderson served as both Chief of surgery and Chief of Staff at Delano Regional Medical Center, Commissioner for the Delano Municipal Airport as well as on the Board of Directors of many different committees and societies and published multiple articles.
Dr. Anderson took great pleasure in using his talents to help any and all in need. He was part of the Flying Doctors that made trips to Mexico to provide health care in the remote areas as well as made multiple trips to Guatemala with HELPS, International to provide care for areas that would not otherwise be able to receive it. Dr. Anderson was a dedicated, highly respected, and distinguished surgeon whose work ethic was an example to many others. He was a teacher and mentor to all who knew him and was respected amongst his peers and patients alike. He was the senior partner in an established surgical practice, the Delano Surgical Group which he shared with Dr. Keshishian, Dr. Zahriya, Dr. Bodzin and Dr. Alex.
On a personal level, Dr. Anderson loved to run, participating in many marathons and charity runs but was probably most famous for riding his recumbent bike around town. He loved to work with his hands and building things. He would spend hours taking things apart and trying to figure out how it worked just to put it back together. He loved camping, golfing and spending time in the mountains and at the beach. He never judged and treated everyone on an equal level no matter their background or status in life. He was passionate about ensuring children received an education and he loved to teach anyone that wanted to learn. Most of all, Dr. Anderson loved his family and enjoyed every moment of being "Grandpa".
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Anderson of Delano. His mother, Lulu Anderson of Howard, South Dakota. His Children, Stacy Anderson-Couch, Christine Lefler, Sarah Griffin, Gretchen Henry, Jay Ward, Joshua Plumlee and Jared Plumlee. Granddaughters Bailey Lefler, Hannah Lefler, Erica Couch and Caitlin Plumlee. His Brothers Greg Anderson, Leon Anderson, Larry Anderson, and sisters Caroline Ginzlinger, LuAnn Rice and Rochelle Bahm. As well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Anderson of Howard, South Dakota.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be sent to an established educational scholarship fund in the name of Dr. Nolan Jon Anderson at the San Joaquin Bank of Delano. Alternative donations may be made to the Hospice of Delano in the name of Dr. Anderson.
Memorial Service on Saturday, April 8, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Delano Mortuary, 707 Browning Road, Delano, California. A public viewing will be available after his service from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Nolan Jon Anderson
Aug. 25, 1944 - Apr. 2, 2006
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 5, 2006