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ANDERSEN, PAUL CHRISTIAN Three months from his 70th year, Paul Andersen passed away on June 6, 2011. Born at Mercy hospital, September 20, 1941, a third generation San Diegan. Born to Lucille Wright Andersen and Andrew Andersen; he was eldest of three children. Paul was the husband of Glenis Hickey Andersen, brother of Karl (wife Grace), and Barbara Barnett. Uncle to Jed Andersen, Carli Barnett and Meno Barnett Reiner. He was predeceased by his parents and by his first wife Geraldine Lomen Andersen. Paul graduated from Crawford high school in 1959; attended San Diego State earning a BS in Biology. His abiding curiosity led him to a teaching position in Uganda. In 1964 he was recruited by the State Dept. to join a team known as "American Teachers for East Africa" and after an orientation at Columbia University he was sent to Busoga College, Mwiri, Uganda. For two years he taught science to an appreciative student body, though his attempt to teach the finer points of baseball to cricket crazy boys was less than successful. At the completion of his contract he left Uganda, hitch hiked across north Africa to Rome, there he purchased a motor scooter, a backpack, a blue tarp. His adventurous spirit supported him for the next six months as he rode through Europe to the Arctic Circle and back to Rome, nearly 2000 miles. Back home, he again enrolled in SDSU, completed his Masters degree and began his local teaching career in the San Diego school system, a career lasting 26 years. Paul's, wonderlust got the better of him once more in 1968, he signed on to teach in Turkey for two years at the Istanbul American College for Girls. He traveled Europe at every opportunity during school vacations, this time with more style in a beat up old VW. While on the island of Majorca, Spain, he and a friend purchased a windmill. He would spend his summers here for the next eleven years. Finally, returning to the San Diego School System, he continued his illustrious teaching career at Gompers Magnet School where he developed the AP Science Program to great acclaim. Many of his students have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers in scientific research, medicine and teaching in some of the nation's prestigious universities. Paul's interests were many and varied. He was a lover of classical music, poetry, good prose, and was an avid reader. He was rarely to be found without an Oxford English dictionary beside him. His vocabulary was profound; he frequently used obscure words to test his audience. He was an enthusiastic chess player, always ready to find a new challenger. He was great debater of politics and world events, had strong personal opinions but would always acknowledge another's right to disagree. Paul was long term correspondent to friends around the world, he wrote letters on paper and mailed them, never adapting to rapid electronic communication. Paul was a lifelong Dodger and Lakers fan. He loved the fishing off the beaches of Baja with his friends, hiking and camping in the Sierra mountains and lakes with Glenis and their dogs. He retired at age 52; he loved the freedom of being able to travel the rest of his life ... With a backpack and a plane or bus ticket in hand, Paul headed out to many destinations in the world. An adventure traveller to the end, his stories continue to entertain his family and friends. Paul's wife Glenis and his brother Karl wish to thank Dr. Susan Chu of Sharp Rees Steely; Dr. Kuo and Linda Soaft RN NP of UCSD LiverTransplant Dept.; San Diego Hospice staff, RN Lisa and Social Worker Sheena. A special mention of appreciation to Ellie and Neata, caregivers for Paul in his final days and to the many friends who visited and helped out in so many ways. Finally we who loved him will treasure the memories of this wonderful man. Paul's spirit and energy will always be with us ... His family and many friends plan a celebration of Paul's life with a barbecue featuring his famous beans at the end of summer, his favorite time of year.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on June 12, 2011
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