P. Norman Anderson

May 4, 1927November 16, 2011

Paul Norman ("Norm") Anderson was born May 4, 1927 to Paul Gerhard and Elizabeth Wood Anderson in Los Angeles, CA and lived his early years in Claremont, CA. When he moved to Laguna Beach with his mother and sister, Mary, he volunteered at the then Capistrano Airport in exchange for flying lessons. At Laguna Beach High School Norm was a talented basketball and football player, where he won All-County awards and was dubbed by his coach as "the best high school end he has seen in a long, long time". Norm was a lifeguard in Laguna Beach where he is remembered to have braved nightmarishly huge surf to save several from drowning. Eager to fly, upon graduation Norm joined the Army Air Corps., but after an honorable discharge switched to the Navy when the opportunity to fly looked better there. Norm served in the Asiatic-Pacific theater during World War II, but the war ended before he got to fly. After the war Norm attended Pasadena Art Center School before transferring to the University of Southern California and, still eager to fly, Norm joined the R.O.T.C. Air Force, joined the Kappa Alpha fraternity, and earned his degree in Commercial Aviation. But along the way he met the even greater love of his life, Beverly Badham, and they married on May 4, 1952 and went on to have five children and 59 years of great adventures. Norm began his career at Alcoa Aluminum Company before switching into life insurance estate planning for the next 40 years, first at Connecticut General and then at The New England, consistently earning top national awards for years. During this time Norm was elected and served on the South Coast Water District board for 22 years, served as manager of Three Arch Bay Community, was active in school board affairs, pulled survivors from burning car crashes on two occasions, and was a popular Boy Scout leader guiding adventures through the Sierras. Norm had a gift for capturing the beauty and intrigues of every day life both in poetry and even more prolifically in oils on canvas. His story-telling abilities are legendary. Norm regularly led his family on adventures to the desert and the mountains discovering geodes, baby foxes, great alpine fishing secrets, and the like. Ever in search of more beautiful ocean vistas, he and Beverly travelled throughout the South Pacific, mesmerized by the drumbeats, beautiful people, and tropical treasures above and below the ocean's surface. But first and foremost Norm was a family man and a tremendous example of love and devotion, finally retiring to take care of Beverly who, despite being afflicted with Parkinsons disease for well over 20 years, has thrived under Norm's unwavering devotion. Norm was a genuine people-lover, with an ever-engaging smile, and always cheerful and positive demeanor under even the most trying circumstances, imparting incredible knowledge, wisdom, support, passion and appreciation. Norm was extraordinarily handsome, gifted, charming, genuine, strong, positive and considerably loved and loving.

Norm passed into His Realm on November 16, 2011 surrounded by his loving family after a swift and decisive stroke. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Boy Scouts of America, and/or Hillsdale College.

His celebration of life will be held at Pacific View Memorial Park Chapel, 3500 Pacific View Dr., Corona Del Mar, CA on Monday Nov. 28 at 2:00 p.m.

P. Norman Anderson was an inspirational Boy Scout Leader for many years in Orange County, and he was a strong advocate for and proponent of a solid liberal arts education including American foundational values.

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Michele Reynolds

December 20, 2011

So sad to hear the news....Tom & I shared an office at Connecticut Genera l for years with Norm....we shared some great times then and Norm was just a and your great sense of humor will be missed.
Tom & Michele Reynolds Three Arch

Jim McDonald

December 4, 2011

As I was having breakfast several days ago at Penguins in Laguna, I happened upon the obituary for Mr. Anderson. Gary and I were friends growing up in 3 Arch Bay and I spent quite a bit of time at the Anderson home. It was a good place to be. Always safe, warm and full of activity with people treating one another well. I found Mr. Anderson the same. Certainly, his graciousness flowed through the family. I remember how hard he worked and the occasional appearance of the Cadillac at Aliso to drop off one or two of the kids. I also remember Mrs. Anderson singing in the home. The opportunity I had to be around the Anderson family is one I am grateful for. You all must have been crazy about him. Take care.

Alexander Kruel Anderson

November 28, 2011

I would like to point out the culture granddaddy was able to create with in the family. Witty, hardworking, honest, integrity. All of the family's strong attributes came from him in some way...

Teri AndersonSchoepe

November 27, 2011

An extraordinarily talented man, Norm was an avid oils painter, poet, storyteller, businessman, and extremely likeable man. He made people feel interesting and appreciated. He was a true gentleman who treated others with great respect and admiration. He saw the God-given beauty and potential in each individual. He stood up for the rights of the individual and fought those who would see us as a collective. He was an incredible father and the most devoted husband. He was well-liked and well-loved by anyone who knew him. He was a star among men. With his passing he leaves a huge hole in the fabric of mankind, in our lives, and in our hearts.

Alice Palmquist Terlecky

November 26, 2011

We have known Norm for over 40 years since my mother began working with him at Connecticut General. He was a wonderful man who was always very gracious,friendly,warm, professional, caring, humble and appreciative. We will cherish the memories of a man so dearly loved.

Garrick Anderson

November 22, 2011

Of the many sunsets we have watched, from the desert hills, from the mountains, from the beach; none have
been so memorable than the evening of the green flash. It will always be associated with you, Dad. Regarding that giant wave you repeatedly drempt was dragging you's just a swell, Dad. RIP.
A father worth every praise and every fine line on a great canvas. Love for eternity.

Patrick DiGiacomo

November 22, 2011

A message from Patrick DiGiacomo to Garrick and Sandra:
It's about a quarter to six her in Panama City...I just arrived yesterday. I just got your message; and, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. Anyway, I'm sad, because I wish I could be there. So,..I'm really sorry to hear about your Dad. I thought the world of him; he's a wonderful man. and I'm so sorry that I'm not up there in the next week to celebrate his life...I'll be in contact with you and the family upon my return home, in late December or January. I'm so sorry again about your Dad. Give your Mom a big hug.

Sandra Kruel-Anderson

November 22, 2011

Great-granddaddy A., You've been a great role model to all your children (even the "extended" ones), to your grandchildren -- and we hope to pass on to your first great-grandchild Emma Rose Anderson, the same values and caring manners you have so well displayed throughout your accomplished life: dedication, commitment, patience, unselfish love, good humor, strong values and principles! We will always treasure the times spent together with you in the warmth of your living room or in the outdoor campfires, nature walks, fishing, boat riding, watching the green flash … too many to mention. Your paintings take us into “ dream lands” and we are blessed to have them so close to us. You will remain forever in our hearts.

Anthony and Erica Mitchell

November 22, 2011

Mr. Anderson was a real go-getter. He meant so much to so many but especially his family. A man who will be deeply missed. Our hearts sincerely go out to his family over the loss of such a good man. We will all miss Paul until Jehovah awakens him to perfect health in the new world!

Sandra Kruel Anderson

November 21, 2011

Great-Granddaddy Anderson, You have certainly been a great role model to all of us, your children (even the " extension" ones), your grand children -- and hopefully we'll be able to pass to Emma Rose , your first great-grandchild , your example of dedication, commitment, unselfish love, patience, great humor, strong convictions and principles!! We will treasure always our fond memories of times spent together with you, in the comfort of your living room or around the campfires, nature walks, fishing, boat rides ... too many to mention. Your pantings have the magical touch of taking us into "dream lands", and we are blessed to have them close to us... Our love forever, Sandra