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Julian A. Anderson

1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
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Anderson, Julian A.

Colonel Julian Arden Anderson, Ret., left this world on June 3, 2016, with his devoted wife, Pamela Mendoza-Anderson of Las Cruces, at his side. They hiked in lightening and hail, camped at the top of mountains with bears and coyotes, and hiked the Grand Canyon in sleet, at first against Pam's will, but later in gratitude for the vistas he shared with her. They drank wine under the full moon and shared their love until his very last breath.

Julian is survived by his darling daughters Julie and Patti. He is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and by his step-children, April Mendoza and Greg Mendoza, and sister-in-law, Paula Kahn (Marc Kahn) of Albuquerque.

Julian was born in Bothell, Washington, on January 25, 1929, to immigrant parents, Julius and Betsey. He began his distinguished Army career in 1951, as a private and ultimately attained the rank of Colonel. He served in times of peace and war in Korea and in Vietnam and remained involved with Wounded Warriors, MOAA and Disabled Veterans, and volunteered with the Minute Men.

After retiring, he pursued his many diverse business and personal interests. He solo hiked much of the Appalachian, Continental Divide and Colorado Trails. His love of the outdoors brought him to New Mexico where he was a long-time member of the N.M. Mountain Club and volunteered with the BLM, NFS, NPS, Elder Hostel and S.H.I.T.F.U. He was a life-long learner, earning 5 advanced degrees. He was a scientist at his very core, which led him to make an anatomical donation to UCF Medical School and proudly join New Mexicans for Science and Reason. He was also an avid supporter of Albuquerque's music and theater, like the Outpost Performance Space and the Cell Theater.

Julian was a singular personality with an unquenchable zest for life. He never saw a dirt road he wouldn't go down, nor a mountain that he wouldn't attempt to climb. Julian possessed a powerful spirit and lived life on his own terms from his first breath until the moment his "trip was over."

"The journey is everything, the end is nothing."
Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 12, 2016
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