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Dr. John A. Anderson

Posted 2020-06-30 by mhenderson
Published in Today's News Herald on Jun. 30, 2020 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

Dr. John A. Anderson passed away on June 15, 2020 at the age of 89
with all his family by his side. John was an only child, born in Los
Angeles to Johnnie and Mary Anderson. He was preceded in death by his
two parents. John attended Los Angeles Unified School District and
attended Pasadena City College and Occidental College where he earned
his B.A. in 1953, and his teaching degree in 1956.

He entered the USMC in 1953 and graduated officer candidate school at
Quantico, Virginia as a second lieutenant. He served as an air
controller during his time in the Marine Corps. He served in the
Marine Corp Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1963 where he
made the rank of captain.

In June 1955, he married Mary Lou at Harlow Methodist Church in
Newport, North Carolina. They had just celebrated 65 years of marriage
before his death. He was employed by the Alhambra School District
where he spent 24 years at San Gabriel HS as a teacher, counselor, and
administrator. He also spent 6 years at Culver City HS as an

During his teaching career, John earned an MA and MS degree from Cal
State Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. in education from USC. He was an avid
USC Trojan fan all his life. His hobbies were reading, camping,
fishing, and hiking.

Upon retiring from Alhambra School District in 1986 he and Marylou
moved to Calimesa, California for six years and then Lake Havasu City,
in 1992. John was a member of the local detachment of the Marine Corp
League and was part of the color guard.

John is survived by his wife Marylou, sons Richard and Jeffrey
(Joanie), grandchildren Katherine (Joel), Andrew (Samantha), Kirk
(Ashley), and Meghan Anderson. great- granddaughters Nicolette,
Scarlett, Zoey, and Juliette also his niece and nephew.

Services will be held on Aug. 1, 2020 at 11 am at Community
Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers the family has requested
donations in his memory be made to Hospice of Havasu.

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