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Bernie Anderson

May 1942

January 2014

Bernard (Bernie) Anderson passed away January 10, 2014 following a brief illness. Bernie was born in 1942 to Bernard and Beatrice (Keogh) Anderson of Sparks, NV. Bernie attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School and graduated from Bishop Manogue High School and the University of Nevada. At UNR, he was active in Sigma Nu fraternity and numerous student groups.

Bernie started his 31 year teaching career at Trainer Middle School, continued at Wooster High School, and concluded at Reed High School. Bernie was active in the Washoe County Teachers Association (WEA) and the Nevada State Education Association, serving as a Board member as well as officer in both organizations. He also served as Nevada's representative to the National Education Association's Board of Directors.

In 1990 Bernie was elected to the Nevada State Assembly. During his more than 20 years representing Sparks, Bernie held many leadership positions, including Majority Whip, Chairman of Judiciary and Speaker Pro Tempore. Of the many items he sponsored or worked upon, he was proudest of the creation of the Drug Courts and his work on education and domestic abuse. One of the strongest characteristics of his leadership was the ability to build compromise and do what was right for Nevada.

Following his retirement from the legislature Bernie continued to advocate for retired public employees through RPEN and WEA-R. In addition to political and education activities, Bernie served in the Nevada National Guard, was involved in the Sparks Charter Committee, the Knights of Columbus, and the Democratic Party.

Bernie is survived by his wife of 46 years Clyda (Hooper), daughters Cairn (Eric) Lindloff, Natha Clyde Anderson, two grandsons (Connor and Teague) brother Ed and his wife Lani and several nieces and nephews.

A vigil will be held Friday, January 17 at Immaculate Conception Church (2900 North McCarran Boulevard, Sparks) with viewing from 6-7 followed by service and remembrances starting at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the UNR Foundation Scholarship being set up in Bernie's name, or the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund or a .

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2014
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