Arnold Charles Anderson Resident of Castro Valley Arnold Charles Anderson, age 99, of Castro Valley, died peacefully on August 16, 2012, surrounded by his family. An active, dedicated civic leader in Castro Valley for many years, Arnold is remembered by friends for his integrity, character, honesty and humor. His youngest days were in Glen Ellen, where his Italian immigrant mother ran a cafe and his father had a barber shop. His family moved to Oakland and then to Castro Valley, trading the Oakland home for a chicken ranch on Redwood Road. His future wife, Ethel Anne Phillips, was the little sister of his close friend, George W. Phillips Jr. After college and marriage, he served in WWII. In 1945, he was put in charge of one of the largest POW camps in Germany, holding 135,000 German soldiers.(He later served in the Korean War and later still became a full Colonel) He returned from Europe energized to help in Castro Valley's development. He was instrumental in getting sidewalks on Castro Valley Boulevard. He went into real estate and then became an MAI appraiser. He found the property for the present Eden Hospital. He conceived of, designed and co-owned the Castro Village Shopping Center. He served on the first BART board for 16 years, president for 2 years. He served on school boards and the hospital Board. He retired and built a 31-unit apartment house next door to his home which he managed until he was 97. He and Anne had 5 children. It was a great sadness to him that 3 died before him. "For someone who had to endure so much loss, he carried himself with such dignity", wrote a friend. He was predeceased by Anne, his wife of 65 years, and children Jennifer Gail Remer, Judith Lee Rasmussen, and John Wendell Anderson. He is survived by children Susan Irene Bradley and Lari Phillips Mussatti, 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland on Saturday, September 29 at 2p.m.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 26, 2012.