AMHERST - G. Ernest Anderson, 84, of Madison, Conn., professor emeritus of teacher education and curriculum studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at home.
Born July 24, 1929, in Newark, N.J., he graduated from Westfield (N.J.) High School before enrolling at Amherst College, where he received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1950.
Anderson, who had worked for Western Union as a part-time operator and wire supervisor as a teenager, joined the U.S. Navy
in 1951 and served as communications officer on the U.S.S. Baltimore, a ship that was in the 1953 Coronation Naval Review in London for Queen Elizabeth, II.
After his military service ended in 1954, he began learning computer programming and taught in the Newton public schools while pursuing graduate studies in teaching and education at Harvard University
. He received his A.M.T. in teaching mathematics in 1955 and his doctorate of education in measurement and statistics in 1965.
Prior to joining the School of Education faculty in 1967, he was a teaching fellow and an instructor at Harvard from 1958 to 1964, director of research and development at New England Education Data Systems from 1961 to 1964, and assistant professor of education at the University of Delaware from 1965 to 1967.
He returned to Amherst and taught higher education management systems courses in the School of Education until his retirement in 1998. He also did consulting work in school scheduling in the U.S. and Asia. He lectured on television
for Japanese universities in Hokkaido, in person at several schools throughout Australia, and joined a People-to-People trip about computers and other trips to China between 1987 and 2005. When Bill Clinton became president, Anderson delivered a message from Vice President Al Gore to the Chinese from the stage of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He twice went around the world via Russia.
He worked on trail crews in Vermont and New York, hiked the entire Green Mountain Trail, and climbed all 46 peaks above 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks. He also led both Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops; he attended international scout jamborees in the USA and led post-jamboree bus trips of international scouts.
He helped found and became president of Association of Educational Data Systems, now an international organization. With other international organizations such as International Education and Resource Network (iEARN), he demonstrated his interest in helping the young people of various countries to learn about each other with the help of computer communications.
Moving to Madison, Conn., after retirement, Ernie brought scouts and other non-profits into the Chamber of Commerce in Branford, Guilford and Madison, Conn. He worked as a motorman/conductor at three trolley museums, and served on Chamber of Commerce committees.
He leaves his wife Pat, son Russell and his wife Migle and daughter Carol Rowe.
A celebration of life service is being held Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 26 Meeting House Lane, Madison, CT.
Memorial donations may be made to National Public Radio, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, or the Branford Electric Railway Association (Trolley Museum).
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