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Norman Lawrence Anderson

May 3, 1920 - December 6, 2015


Norman was born in a log cabin to Hermas and Volberg Anderson in Inwood, Manitoba on May 3, 1920.  His father built the cabin.  He had two younger sisters, Betty Lou and Shirley.  His family moved around a lot throughout the US and Canada while growing up, and he graduated from Eugene High School.   He received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Teaching Science from the University of Oregon.  Norman began teaching in Monroe, Oregon, then in 1947 moved to Tillamook.  For the next 36 years he taught English, Journalism and History at Tillamook High School, and was the supervisor and advisor for the school annual the Kilchis for that whole time.  He received many awards during his career, and in 1965 was the Oregon Teacher of the year.  In 1983 he retired from teaching and in 1993 moved to Paradise Island Park in Salem. 
He married Vivian Anderson yes, her maiden surname was also Anderson in 1942.  They had 3 children; twin boys, Don and Bruce, and a daughter, Janet.  Vivian passed away in 2002.  Norman then found and married the second love of his life, Mildred Millie Giles.  He is survived by Millie, his children, his sister Shirley, two grandchildren, Adrienne and Geoff Phillips, one nephew, Kurt Salchert plus many friends and grateful students.
Norman enjoyed gardening, travel especially on cruise ships, reading, fishing and square dancing.  He participated in a number of organizations including Toastmasters, the National Education Association and the Salem Garden Club.  Throughout his life Norman was known for being a great storyteller, kind and generous. He had a good sense of humor, an active interest in a wide variety of subjects, an open mind, and was well loved and respected.
Services will held at 2 PM on Sunday December 13 in the Rec Hall at Paradise Island Park, 3100 Turner Drive SE, Salem.  No flowers please.

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Mr. Anderson was one of my very favorite teachers..of all time.  I graduated from THS in '62 and then went on to NNC in Nampa ID.  Because of the journalism classes I had taken in high school, I was immediately eligible to take the advanced journalism classes there.  Being involved in the newspaper/yearbook, there were a number of articles sent from the college to the local Headlight-Herald regarding my journalistic endeavors. I heard Mr. A always posted those articles in his classroom....I was so thrilled that he would honor me that way...but it was a reflection of his outstanding teaching.

 And, not only was Mr. A an outstanding teacher...he was fun as well...and a great disciplinarian, in in a kind way.

Last week I sent an e-mail to my classmates about Mr. A's passing,and as I've heard back from various ones, they always say he was their favorite, or one of their favorite teachers....what a tribute to an outstanding man.

I'm so sorry about your loss but what a wonderful heritage he left you...so beloved by so many outside your family.  
  
Liz Landis, Tillamook OR



My condolences to the family.

My attendance at Tillamook High School included 3 years of having Mr. Anderson as one of my teachers.  I have fond memories of my 2 years on annual staff in his yearbook class.