Amherst Magazine

Amherst College In Memory Notice

Carl Anderson

On September 15, 1970, at WalterReedHospital near Washington, DC, the Class lost its first, and one of its most unique, members when Carl Anderson died of cancer.

An Army helicopter pilot, Carl recently returned from Vietnam where he received several awards for heroic action. Before entering the Army, he had studied law at Stanford and was employed by Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York City.

Carl prepared for Amherst at the PeddieSchool and was well-known as an undergraduate for his rare and true conservatism. Passionately interested in politics, sports (as varsity baseball catcher and enthusiastic intramural participant), and his fraternity (Beta Theta Pi), his good humor and lively conversation enriched even those in diametric opposition to him.  He maintained these singular attitudes after leaving Amherst (once ironically referring to his image as that of “the black sheep of our Class”), and his ideas and feelings about Amherst were genuine and profound and will be especially missed.

Carl was buried with full military honors at ArlingtonCemetery. To his parents and other members of his family goes the Class’s deepest sympathy.


Carl in Chair