Obituary of Dr. Jerome D. 'Jerry' Anderson

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DR. JEROME D. "JERRY" ANDERSON - of Woburn, Thursday October 5th at eighty five years of age. Beloved husband of the late Susan (Dewey) Anderson. Cherished father of Elizabeth Marie Anderson of Clinton, Michael D. Anderson, his wife Margaret M. Pinkham of Woburn, Matthew D. Anderson, his husband Sebastian Cordoba of Los Angeles, CA, J. Bradford Anderson, his husband Davis Wang of NYC. Dear brother of Judith Moore of Westview, PA and the late Nicholas and James Anderson. Very special Grampy to Lauren, Luke, Lydia, Lily and Lance Anderson. A Funeral will be held from Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, Monday, October 16th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 10:00. Interment in Edgell Grove Cemetery, 53 Grove Street, Framingham. Relatives and friends are invited to call Sunday evening, October 15th, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Donations may be made in Jerry's honor to St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY

Dr. Jerome D. Anderson, Jerry or Doc to his friends, passed away October 5th at the age of 85 in Los Angeles after suffering complications after a fall. The son of Mary (Broderick) Anderson and Dr. “Eddie” Anderson, a Hall of Fame football coach, Jerry was born in Chicago and raised in Iowa City where he thoroughly enjoyed attending City High and the University of Iowa. In those years he accumulated a lifetime of memories, and stories - that he loved to tell (many times!), most of which ended with him in uncontrollable laughter.

Jerry played baseball and football at University of Iowa but his football career ended after playing for the freshman team when his father, then the varsity coach, asked him if he was thinking of trying out for varsity. When Jerry said he hadn’t considered it, his father replied “good” and that was the end of that.

Jerry completed his undergraduate studies and dental school at Iowa, where he also participated in ROTC. He graduated from Dental School, earned his Doctorate in Dental Sciences in 1955 and enlisted in the USAF where he served as a Captain at Yokota Air Base in Japan for the 6034 Dispensary medical unit – where, in classic Jerry fashion, they dubbed themselves the “Fighting 6034.” Jerry did completed his residence residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and established his practice in Oral Surgery in Massachusetts where he had offices in Framingham and Marlborough and was affiliated with Framingham Union and Marlborough Hospitals. Jerry was a member of the Framingham Board of Health and helped spearhead the effort to bring fluoridation, then a controversial measure, to Framingham.

Jerry lived a life that was true to his Christian values. Jerry never turned away a patient who could not pay and was one of the first, if not the first, oral surgeon to accept Medicaid in Massachusetts. He administered to his patients with incredibly strong hands and soft bedside manner. His wife, Susan Dewey Anderson, who predeceased him in 2013, would lament that he did not charge enough to which he would reply that the day she took over the business would be the day he goes out of business. Jerry liked to say that he was “heavily invested… in private school educations!”

Jerry and Susan were married in 1963 and raised their four children in Framingham. Jerry led by example and stood for hard work; good humor; “say what you mean and mean what you say”; the duty to stand up for the little guy; championing the underdog; treating others as you would like to be treated; the ability to allow things to go “in one ear and out the other” which he learned from his father in law, Judge George Dewey; and he was adamant that profanity is the language of the ignorant. Jerry is survived by his daughter Dr. Elizabeth Marie Anderson of Clinton, Michael D. Anderson, Esq. and his wife Margaret M. Pinkham, Esq. of Woburn, Matthew D. Anderson and his husband Sebastian Cordoba of Los Angeles and Dr. J. Bradford Anderson and his husband Davis Wang, Esq. of New York City. He also leaves his cherished grandchildren Lauren, Luke, Lydia, Lily and Lance Anderson with whom he lived in Woburn. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, and bothers Nick and Jim Anderson. He leaves his sister, Judith Moore, of West View, PA.

Jerry was a self-deprecating and humble man who took great pride in the successes of those he loved. He thoroughly enjoyed the successes of his family, including his father, children and grandchildren. He was never happier than being able to tell someone that he went from being introduced to people as “this is Dr. Eddie Anderson’s son” to “this is one of his children’s or grandchildren’s father or grandfather.” Indeed, Jerry was recently honored to represent the family when his father was inducted into the Holy Cross Ring of Honor for which he was very proud and thankful to the Holy Cross community.

Jerry loved to work, but he also loved his beach house in Old Lyme, CT, especially when it was a “full house” with family. Once he hit 50 years of age, he quit cigars and started running marathons – “6 or 7” he would say. He was known for running through Framingham with a tree branch to ward off dogs. He loved to “kick it in” at the end of a long run and make it a “strong finish.” Jerry’s many interests also included reading and playing golf, especially with his brothers in law. Jerry liked to say that when he married Sue, he got the best part of the deal – her family.

Incredibly prescient, Jerry had the opportunity to put his thoughts together in anticipation of Matthew’s wedding. With the assistance of his daughter, Beth, and grandson Luke, and with some artistic license, he invoked his wife of 50 years and Frank Sinatra’s lyrics: “Regrets, I’ve had a few; But then again, too few to mention, I did what I had to do, I did it Sue’s way.” Despite his tendency to allow for others to glow in the spotlight, his presence will be greatly missed.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., WOBURN, on Monday, October 16th at 9:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10. Calling hours Sunday evening, October 15th from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment at Edgell Grove Cemetery, 53 Grove Street, Framingham. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Charles Church. (Obituary, directions and guest book at www.lynch-cantillon.com) Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home (781) 933-0400.