Richard E. ‘Dick’ Anderson

Richard E. “Dick” Anderson, 86 year old, formerly of Concord, NH died peacefully on January 24th at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, NH after a long illness complicated by Parkinson’s Disease.

Dick was born in Spartanburg, SC to Thomas and Hattie (Harris) Anderson, the youngest of seven children. He grew up, a child of the depression, picking cotton after school and practicing the piano. He eventually won a scholarship to Converse College to study music. After graduating, he joined the Marines and served in Korea as a chaplain’s assistant – performing secretarial duties during the week, and playing the organ for chapel on Sundays.

Through the GI Bill, he studied piano performance in Vienna, Austria and received his Masters degree. He returned to the U.S. and taught in various schools, ending up in Concord, NH teaching general music in the Concord public schools for many years before his retirement.

Dick was an advocate for conservation and planted many neighborhood trees and was an avid recycler. In the 1980’s he worked on the campaign for local water fluoridation. He was a lifelong champion of smoke-free public places. He chose to leave his body as an anatomical gift to Dartmouth Medical School.

He was predeceased by 5 of his 6 siblings (Marguerite, Harriet, Thomas Jr., Mary Ella, and Polly) as well as his wife of 25 years, Cynthia.

Dick leaves behind his partner Linda Lemaire of Hudson, brother Carlos “Andy” Anderson of Charlotte, daughter Margot Anderson of New Orleans, step-daughters Heather Lutz of Elmira, NY and Melissa Whitehouse of Hopkinton, MA, and many nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.

A service of remembrance will be held at First Church Nashua, UCC on February 17th at 11am with reception to follow.

The family wishes to thank Fairview Nursing Home and Home Health and Hospice for the caring attention they gave Richard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s name to Home Health and Hospice, 7 Executive Park Dr, Merrimack, NH 03054 or to the Preservation of the Austin Pipe Organ at First Church Nashua 1 Concord Street Nashua, NH 03064.