Thomas Bruce Anderson
Thomas Bruce Anderson, of Payson, passed away March 23, 2010 after a brief struggle with cancer. He was born in 1938 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He spent nearly all of his life in California, graduating from Long Beach Wilson High in 1956. He played football as a running back for the U.S. Air Force. He owned The Malibu Kennels and raised AKC champion Great Danes, standard Schnauzers, champion Korat cats, and Arabian horses.
In 2003, he retired after 38 years at American Honda Company, where he was privileged to work directly with Mr. Honda on everything from motorcycles to lawn mowers to cars. Mr. Anderson traveled extensively for Honda, and enjoyed traveling for pleasure with his wife, Teddy.
Mr. Anderson was the 13th Baron von Gerhard, a title earned by his many times removed great-grandfather Paul Gerhard for work he did with Martin Luther during the Reformation. Hymnals in the Lutheran Church still contain hymns by Paul Gerhard.
Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Teddy Cohen; stepsons, Jake Cohen and Marc Miller; and daughter, Annelise.
A memorial service was held last weekend in Phoenix. Donations in his name to favorite animal charities would be appreciated.
“The family wishes to express their thanks to the Payson Fire and EMTs for their kindness and professionalism,” writes his family.