Winter 2015
Edor Anderson, Jr.

Edor Anderson, Jr.

In Memoriam

Edor Anderson, Jr., headmaster of Flintridge Preparatory School from 1975 to 1991, passed away on October 8, 2014.

When Anderson came to Flintridge, he was charged with navigating Flintridge Prep out of a financial crisis during a nationwide recession. In his time as headmaster, Anderson oversaw the introduction of coeducation, built the Norris Center and upgraded the academic profile of the school. He is responsible for hiring many longtime faculty members, including current Headmaster Peter Bachmann.

“Ed Anderson’s influence remains robust at Prep,” Bachmann says. “He began the Master’s Circle in 1976. He brought co-education to Prep. He opened Norris Auditorium in 1985. He established the Senior Horizons program in 1988.

“Not long ago, a group of veteran teachers gathered to raise a glass in Ed’s memory. He had, after all, hired each of us, and we’re still around, trying to improve the school he advanced for 16 years.”

John Ruch, a history teacher who Anderson brought to Prep in 1982, says, “He was the bridge between the old and new Flintridge. So many of us here owe our connection with Prep to Ed Anderson. He knew how to pick people who would have an effect on this institution.”

Director of Athletic Initiatives Alex Rivera, who thought of Anderson as a second father, says, “He chose faculty that he knew could stick together and support each other. He was direct. He taught me that if you want something, you have to earn it, by showing you are giving your best. He brought enjoyment to what we did, and he gave us our role and let us run with it. When I was at a conference four years ago, the speaker said, ‘Think of someone who has made a difference in your life.’ My first thought was Mr. Anderson.”

Edor Anderson, Jr., was born in Connecticut in 1933 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He attended the University of Connecticut and majored in history, then earned a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Bridgeport.

He began his teaching career in Connecticut, then moved to Rome, Georgia, where he taught and coached at the Darlington School, becoming head of the lower school there. In 1964, he became headmaster of the Stanley Clark School in South Bend, Indiana, and in 1968 became headmaster of the Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama. He won the job at Prep after a nationwide search and moved his family to the campus in La Cañada. His three children all graduated from Prep.

One of Anderson’s most distinctive traits was his ever-present pipe in an era when many faculty members smoked. Remembers Rivera, “He would follow me around at games to be supportive; I could smell the pipe and I knew he was there.”

Anderson and his wife, Serena, whom he married in 1956, lived an active retirement in Oceanside. He is survived by his wife, sister Maxine Puppel and children Edor G. Anderson III ’76 and his wife, Karen, Steven Anderson ‘78 and his wife, Amber, Stacy Anderson Hickman ‘83 and her husband, John, and seven grandchildren.