, August 18, 2008
The life of Charles Landis Anderson, Class of 1936, might be summed up in several words: family, travel, medicine and books.
On the other hand, this small collection of words hardly pays tribute to the extraordinarily broad thinking and exceptional service that this avid PUCite exhibited through the entirety of his life.
Born to missionary parents in Japan, Charles had crossed the Pacific Ocean eight times by ship before he finished college. He was fascinated with journeys and modes of transportation, and continued traveling even in the latter part of his life. His adventures included talking his way onto the towers of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate bridges while they were under construction and climbing Japan’s Mt. Fuji three times. Even when such adventures became physically impossible for Charles, he continued “traveling” through books about far away places.
While a student at PUC, Charles edited the Campus Chronicle and the Green and Gold yearbook and served as S.A. president. He went on to graduate from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and trained in psychiatry at Harding Hospital. Charles then practiced psychiatry for over 40 years, including three years as the first chief of mental health in Alaska.
Charles also taught psychiatry at Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine, and later directed the mental health unit at Hinsdale Hospital in Chicago’s western suburbs. The DuPage County board of health changed its regular Friday night meeting time so that he could accept an appointment to that body in 1968.
Through more than 70 years—from the time he first set foot on the Pacific Union College campus in 1932 to his death in 2004, in his Angwin home—Charles never lost his love of his undergraduate alma mater. He was the class agent for the Class of 1936, served as the Alumni Association president from 1985 to 1991, and was a member of the Alumni Board for nearly 20 years. Charles Landis Anderson was truly “a loyal PUCite where ‘ere he went.”