The Passing of John Anderson

To the Williams community,

It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of retired museum security officer John R. Anderson, who passed away on Friday, January 3, in Dalton. He was 88.

John was born in Quincy, Mass., and attended local schools. A veteran of the Korean War, he had a long career at General Electric Co., where he worked as a design drafter designing piping and valve systems for electrical power generation plants. Following his retirement, he joined the Williams College Museum of Art as a part-time security officer in 1996 and worked until his retirement in 2008.

In addition to his knowledge of the museum, including its environmental and security controls systems and emergency procedures, he was a consummate professional whenever interacting with the public. Friends and colleagues remember his kindness, patience, and diplomacy, both in the workplace and beyond.

He is predeceased by his former wife, June Anderson Lapham, and by two sisters, Elizabeth Barcomb and Carol Begin. He is survived by his wife, Marie Goodrow-Anderson; son, Scott; daughter, Heather Whitney; stepdaughter, JoAnn Reashore; sister, Margaret Dickenson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and burial will be private. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project, or to HospiceCare in the Berkshires. The Paciorek Funeral Home in Adams is in charge of arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, please visit

Our thoughts are with John’s family and many friends.


Maud S. Mandel
Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies