Roger Eldon Anderson
December 22, 1933 – October 7, 2019
Roger E. Anderson of Gold River, CA, passed away on October 7th in Carmichael, CA surrounded by his loving family. Roger was born in Rigby, Idaho in 1933 to Otto and Ivane Anderson with his older siblings Blanche, Warren and Cleo. In his younger years, he worked on the family’s dairy farm and later graduated from the University of Idaho, majoring in Chemical Engineering. When he wasn’t busy studying, he was an active member in the Slide Rule Boys club. After graduation, he worked at Shell Chemical in Martinez, CA for several years. He was later hired by the Aerojet Corporation in Sacramento, in which he spent 39 distinguished years as a recognized expert in propellants and rocketry. During his later years at Aerojet, Roger joined with six colleagues to transfer their aerospace knowledge to clean energy applications. They founded Clean Energy Systems (CES), to make power without pollution to address climate change. For more than 20 years, he served as the technical principal for all major CES projects, leading to the completion of the world’s cleanest natural gas plant, while also serving on the Board of Directors.
While working at Shell Chemical in Martinez, Roger befriended Henry Borghesani who ultimately introduced him to his sister, Joanne. They quickly fell in love and married in October of 1959. After 37 wonderful years of marriage, Joanne passed away in 1996. Roger and Joanne are survived by their three children: Desiree, Julie and Patrick, along with their five grandchildren: Kelly, Alex, Jessica, Spencer and Paige, and son-in-law, Bruce Birch and daughter-in-law, Nancy Anderson.
He found utmost joy in his technical work and quest for further knowledge, never quite retiring and working well into his mid-80’s. Roger continuously followed the newest scientific advancements while also contributing to the scientific community, demonstrated by his numerous patents and publications throughout his lifetime. For leisure, Roger was an avid world traveller, visiting more than 25+ countries over his lifetime. Nothing would bring him more pleasure than sharing stories, pictures and travelling with his children. Roger also loved gardening, painting, photography, reading, but most importantly, spending time with his family. Lastly, he embraced technology, passing time with his iPad and a good game of Solitaire.
Roger will be forever missed by all who knew him.
A visitation for Roger will be held Monday, October 14, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Mount Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Ln, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. A funeral service will occur Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Mount Vernon Memorial Park.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountVernonMemorial.com for the Anderson family.
In lieu of flowers please donate to The American Cancer Society
- Visitation Monday, October 14, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Roger Eldon Anderson
October 15, 2019
Having watched the wonderful photo tribute video, I was overcome with both deep emotion and yet joy in seeing what a wonderful life Roger lived! He was always smiling and surrounded by those who loved him dearly...including all of us who had the privilege and pleasure to serve with him on the CES Board of Directors. His wit, smile, easy charm and boundless good humor always brightened my day! And, his unmatched technical and scientific knowledge proved invaluable as we deliberated complex problems and formulated appropriate solutions. I will miss him dearly as both a wonderful friend, colleague and mentor. He was truly one of the very finest gentlemen I have ever known....and one of my all-time favorite people! I will always be honored to have been able to call him my friend. With love and deepest sympathy, Brian Griffin
Vaticano Family Vaticano
October 14, 2019
Dear Anderson Family:
Nick and I just want you all to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We always enjoyed our visits with Roger. He was a very great man. So please know we are thinking of you all.
Love Nick and Debbie
October 10, 2019
Roger was a great mentor of mine for over ten years. We would argue in the conference room for an hour about how to handle some problem, then continue in his office where I would say “a chemist would say that...” and he’d hold up his finger and say “chem E.” He always had a wonderful sense of humor when it came to science and technology and I will forever treasure our discussions and all that I have learned from him. He could whip up a spreadsheet analysis with a huge mess of data faster than anyone I’ve ever met. The world is short a brilliant man and a wonderful friend. I wish his family all the best, he will be missed.