Jay Herbert Anderson
New London, NH — Jay Herbert Anderson passed this life on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at the age of 90 after a period of declining health. He was born on October 8, 1930 in Lynn, MA in an era when the streets were plowed by teams of horses after a winter's storm. He grew up and went to public schools in Swampscott, MA where he developed a lifelong passion for football (and allergies to animals of all kinds). Jay also found great joy in his early friendships, with several ending up as classmates at Dartmouth College. He was known to keep a file with clippings of his friend's and colleague's accomplishments, correspondence and obituaries.
Jay finished Swampscott High School in 1948 and entered Dartmouth College, graduating in 1952 with an A. B. in Economics. During the summer of 1951 he met the person whose name would forever after be entered into the "Joint/Spouse" box on his Federal Income Tax Form 1040. Jay met Edythe Scales while employed as summer help in a restaurant in Marblehead, MA; he as a cook and she as a waitress. Both returned to finish their degrees at Dartmouth and Wellesley Colleges, respectively. Marriage would have to wait as Jay was inducted into the U.S. Army for a two-year period of service in the Korean War. He received an Army Commendation Medal for his service, working as a Sergeant in a warehouse near the front lines.
Upon his discharge in 1954, Jay and Edythe married and they rented an apartment in his home town of Swampscott, MA. Soon after, Jay entered a two-year degree program at Bentley College in Boston, MA. Jay graduated from Bentley College in 1956 and promptly joined the Audit Division of Price Waterhouse. After the birth of their first daughter, Elaine, they moved to their first home in Melrose, MA. The family continued to grow with the arrival of Tracey and then Jon, and a move to a roomier home in Weston, MA.
Jay spent 31 years in the Price Waterhouse Boston office, with a tour in PW's Buenos Aires, Argentina office during 1964. He was admitted as a general partner in 1970. Jay and Edythe moved to New York City in 1988, and he spent the final three years of his career as a Litigation Specialist in PW's New York National Office. When Jay reached the mandatory partner retirement age of 60 in 1991, he and Edythe moved their primary residence to New London, NH.
Even with the demands of partner life, Jay found time while at Price Waterhouse for outside activities. He was involved with alumni affairs at both Dartmouth and Bentley Colleges. He skied in the winter and enjoyed lake activities in the summer and always found time to watch or attend a college or professional sports game. He served for five years as Secretary of the Dartmouth Class of '52 and wrote a monthly class news column for the Alumni Magazine. He was a member of the Class of '52 Executive Committee. He also served on the Bentley College President's Advisory Council. After his retirement, Jay was appointed to the President's Advisory Council of Colby-Sawyer College where he served until he had to enter assisted living.
Jay had a love for nature and especially found comfort and peace sitting lakeside. As a child, his family spent summers on Cobbett's Pond in southern NH just over the border from their home in MA. In 1965, Jay purchased a summer cottage on Horn Pond in Acton, Maine because he wanted his family to experience lakeside living as he had in his youth. In 1976, they moved to Lake Sunapee, where an all-season cottage also allowed easy access to skiing. The lake house remained a refuge for much of Jay's retired life.
Jay will be remembered for his deep commitment to his family and friends. His kindness and willingness to help others is a quality that touched many. Jay will be well remembered not for his words but for how he made people feel.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Edythe Marie Scales Anderson, three children, Elaine Anderson, Tracey Anderson, and Jon Anderson and four grandchildren, Devon Anderson, Corey Bruno, Isabelle Fabry and Cole Fabry. A private burial will be held later this spring. Memorial gifts can be made to: Lake Sunapee Protective Association P.O. Box 683, Sunapee, NH 03782; Dartmouth College Athletics - Varsity Football, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755; Bentley University Scholarship Fund (Audit), 175 Forest St., Waltham, MA 02452.
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