Elmer C. Anderson
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Elmer C. Anderson, of Edison, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1. 2013 at home. Born January 9, 1919, in Newark, he has resided in Edison for the past 8 years. Mr. Andreson was a graduate of Woodbridge High School, Newark College of Engineering, and the R.C.A. Institute of Radio Engineers. He served in the U.S. Army in 1940 and was recalled to active duty in 1945. He received his Honorable Discharge on October 6, 1945. He was a member of the American Legion, Television Technicians Association, and an Associate Member of Radio Engineers. He belonged to the Colonia Seniors, AARP Iselin Chapter 3810, and the St. John Vianney Seniors. He started his career while still in high school, opening Fords Radio Sales in 1936. In 1945, he opened Anderson Radio and Television in Perth Amboy. In 1955, he became a silent partner in an effort to pursue his engineering career. Mr. Anderson was employed by Vitro Labs in West Orange and Lockheed Electronics in Edison. Elmer was a Project Engineer and worked on tape recorder systems and the composition of Operation and Circuit Theory manuals. He served as a Design Engineer for a major US Air Force Testing Center working on radar. He was a Test and Field Engineer at Kirkland Air Force Base where he worked on a recording monitoring system. As a Senior Electronics Engineer, he worked on missile range timing and data systems for the Air Force Apollo launch in Cape Kennedy, FL. He also gave classroom and field instruction in the operation of the missile weapons verification Polaris Program, after spending 3 months installing the system in Polaris submarines. He spent 3 months on the island of Sardinia in Italy supervising the installation of missile range timing, countdown, and data transmission. Mr. Anderson participated in the computer concept approach to automation, having worked on bookkeeping systems, bank credit retrieval, and radar performance monitoring. He worked on recorders that were sent into space to retrieve data to be returned to Earth. He was one of a select few who worked on four different patents for automated bowling and gas pumps. Mr. Anderson received the Ronald Reagan President's award for his contribution to the space program and a medal from NASA. His name was sent up to space by NASA along with the names of others who worked on the design recorder.
Mr. Anderson was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie, who passed away in 1995; his brothers, Robert and Arthur (Skeeter); and his sister, Grace McPherson. He is survived by his children, Ronald Anderson of Lavalette, Constance and her husband, Ronald Vincent of Edison; his grandchildren, Renee Vincent, Michele Vincent and her husband, Patrick Nardone, Jane Pinho and her husband Mark, Kelly Anderson, and Brian Vincent; great-grandchildren, Chad and Montana Barrall, Nichole Pinho, Katie and Brian Vincent, and Ava and Kimberly Nardone; and his sister, Marie Taggert of California.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 8:30 at Flynn and Son Funeral Homes, 23 Ford Avenue, Fords, NJ 08863 followed by a 9:00 am Funeral Liturgy at Our Lady of Peace Church. Visitation is on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Interment will be in Clover Leaf Memorial Park. For directions or to send a message of condolence, visit our website at www.flynnfuneral.com.
Flynn and Son Funeral Home
23 Ford Ave
Fords, NJ 08863
Published in Home News Tribune on Jan. 3, 2013