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Frederick James Anderson ’59

Born in in 1937 in Lucerne Valley, California, Frederick majored in chemistry at Reed. He wrote his thesis, Synthetic Experiments in the Alicyclic Diazo Series, with Prof. John Hancock [chemistry 1955-89] and completed graduate work at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He married Catherine Deedy in 1962, and worked as a research chemist at the Carus Chemical Company in La Salle, Illinois. For many years he served as a respected science fair judge and occasional substitute teacher in math and chemistry.

Frederick’s interests included Scouting (he was a Scoutmaster and both of his sons are Eagle Scouts), camping, hiking, painting, photography, gardening, skiing, and woodworking.

In addition to his wife, Catherine, Frederick is survived by his children, Bruce W. Anderson of Millbury, Massachusetts, Jean O. Anderson of Chicago, Illinois, and John H. Anderson of Pepperell, Massachusetts; and grandchildren Elizabeth, Meredith, Emma, Michael, Kathryn, and Deidre.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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