Edward M. Anderson Born in San Francisco, raised in Sausalito, and a popular professor and scholar at Rice University, died January 15, 2013. He was 46.
Ted lived a rich, diverse life ranging from his days as a spirited high school soccer player and busboy at Chez Panisse to recognition as an authority on the 16th Century Italian poet, Ludovico Ariosto.
Edward Milton Anderson was born at UCSF's Moffett Hospital on February 16, 1966.
He was raised with his sister, Erika, in one of the oldest homes in Sausalito and graduated from Marin Country Day and The Branson School. Ted attended U.C. Berkeley where he sang with the University Chorus, majored in History and French, and became an ardent, lifelong fan of Cal and the Golden Bears, graduating in 1987. After an M.A. in Italian at Middlebury and a year at Yale where he was named a Bartlett A. Giamatti Scholar, he left academia and worked for four years in New York and Paris managing classical artists for Columbia Artists Management and Organisation Internationale Artistique.
As a gifted musician and linguist, fluent in French and Italian and proficient in German and Spanish, he was a popular, successful agent for many international concert artists. But after four years in the hurly-burly of artist management Ted decided to return to academia and pursue his passion for Italian language and culture. He was soon accepted at Cambridge University in England where he was elected President of his college, St. Johns, and received his doctorate in 2007.
Ted is the former director of the Art Song and Vocal Chamber Performance Programs at the Aspen Music Festival, and since his appointment at Rice, has collaborated with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. His book, Ariosto, Opera and the Seventeenth Century - Evolution in the Poetics of Delight, is being published in English in four volumes by Olschki, Italy's leading publisher of scholarly works. The Department of Humanities at Rice University will honor Ted in a ceremony this February.
But for all his achievements as a scholar and musician, Ted will be remembered best by his family as a charming, wonderfully amusing, loving son and brother who struggled bravely to overcome the mental illness that eventually took his life.
Ted is survived by his sister, Erika Anderson-Embley, of Novato, and by his parents, Jola and John Anderson of Sausalito. The family is planning a gathering for family and friends at The San Francisco Film Centre in the Presidio on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ted's memory to the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, or to the Edible School Yard Project, Berkeley, California.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2013