WOODLAND, Calif. – Rodney Ebon Anderson passed away on Friday, Jan., 25, 2013, in Woodland, Calif., at the age of 92.
He was born on Nov. 20, 1920, in DeKalb, Ill., 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, Ill., on Sept. 3, 1943. After the war, he received his master's degree in education from the University of Chicago in 1950. In 1956, he received his doctorate in education from Indiana University
. He taught mathematics at Northern Illinois University for 11 years until his family moved to Los Gatos, Calif., in 1958. He taught mathematics at San Jose State University for the next 22 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, Calif, and his children, Susan Malone (John Jenkins), of Belvedere, Calif.; David Anderson (Carrie), of Davis, Calif.; Marilyn Anderson, of Los Gatos, Calif.; 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, Fla.; Molly Malone, of Sausalito, Calif.; Rory Anderson, of Cape Town, South Africa; Gavin Anderson, of Johannesburg, South Africa; Julie Raynaud de Lage, of Saint-Cloud, France; Thomas Raynaud de Lage, of Saint-Cloud, France; Jeffrey Anderson, of Davis, Calif.; and Kevin Anderson, of Davis, Calif.; 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.