In Memory

James Anderson

James Anderson

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07/12/11 06:58 PM #1    

Janet Corns (Bradbury)

James - I miss you.  I remember your musical talents, your great smile, your caring and considerate nature.  I know you are very much missed by your family.  Janet Corns Bradbury

07/27/11 10:56 AM #2    

John Overholt (Class Of '70)

I am saddened to learn of Jim's passing.  I was a senior, he a junior when we sat together in the trumpet section of orchestra. He and Tom Morton were playing in a Pop/Rock Band, earning a little money on weekends.  And he had several years of experience in model rocketry.  Planned to go to MIT, was a school friend of Tomasine Berg.  Rest in peace, Jim.

08/13/11 11:19 AM #3    

Suzanne Westbrook

I knew Thomasine more than Jim, but always remember them being together. He passed away in 2009 - here's a link to his obituary:

08/23/11 04:08 PM #4    

Kerry Parham

I was absolutely crushed when I got word of Jim's untimely and unexpected passing.   Our fathers worked together, and starting in Kindergarten we lived just about 1/2 block apart in Pleasant Valley (and within a block of other North alums' Chris Pinkham, Bob Schroeder, and Karen James).  Our elementary classmates soon realized Jim was in a different IQ league as he already knew "all the numbers" when we started kindergarten.  He was often my Boy Scout patrol buddy and tent companion.  On one particularly cold camping trip during the middle of a dark starless night we awoke to commotion in our tent and realized a cow had nuzzled open our tent flap and walked into the small 2-man tent.  A small cow pie was left on the edge of his sleeping bag as a memento of the visit.   In the 7th grade Jim wrote Estes Industries that his less capable friends (i.e., my brother, Mark George, and me) could not do the math to compute the maximum height and velocity of the model rockets we were all enamored with, and if they would rewrite the equations in this stated manner it would be easier.  This was the basis of a national science fair award he won that year and what I think is still published today (but then again, now there's probably an app for that).   While some of us spent most of high school killing off brain cells drinking beer, Jim applied that super brain power to earn a PHD at MIT after receiving his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at WSU.  The grant Jim was awarded, by the highest rated engineering college in the world, is given annually to just 2 outstanding undergraduate students; no strings attached.   Jim's doctoral thesis was cutting edge research on synthetic speech.  He then went on to spend his entire career working for Lincoln Labs (the Pentagon think tank) and often couldn't tell me about most of what he worked on, but that work included: An important and key oversight role in the development of the FAA's collision avoidance system, something to do with Reagan's Star Wars project, speaker and organizer at several "embedded computing" conferences (he said his stuff wasn't supposed to blow up), cooling and protecting from thermal stress the massive computers that make up the nodes of the internet, etc.   He owned a technology company on the side and held several patents related to synthetic speech.    Jim was a great loyal friend, that loved life, music, and most of all his family.  I still have his last family-photo Christmas card setting on my dresser.  I still can't believe he's gone; all too often the good die young.   

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