Dr. Richard Arnold Anderson

BRUNSWICK – Dr. Richard Arnold Anderson, 87, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, at The Garden in Brunswick after several years of progressive aphasia with dementia. He was born in 1936 in Naugatuck, Conn., the son of Arnold and Evelyn Anderson both of whose parents were from Sweden.

At the age of 16, “Dick” was awarded a two-year Ford Foundation Scholarship to Yale University in New Haven, Conn. and continued his studies, earning his B.A., at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He went on to obtain a medical degree at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York City, N.Y. After interning at Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington, Vt., he served as a General Medical Officer for three years in the U.S. Navy, including a year at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Md. He then returned to Burlington, Vt. for a residency which led to his career in Cardiology.

In 1974, he was invited to join Maine Cardiology Associates in Portland so he moved with his family, then including a wife and three children, to Falmouth. Over his career he served on a variety of medical association boards, and as a clinical assistant professor in the field of cardiology. At his retirement in 1998 he was lauded as dependable, kind, and considerate among many positive traits, “to solve all the office problems, we need to clone Dr. Anderson” his staff had said.

He sang in the choir and was active in the Falmouth Congregational Church for 46 years. In his spare time he enjoyed sailing in Casco Bay, traveling the world, and fly fishing.

He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Bonnie Anderson, who was his high school sweetheart; children, Valerie Riddell, Graham Anderson (Shannon Billings), and Collin (Erica) Anderson; grandchildren, Matthew Riddell-Ide (Heather Riddell-Ide), Lindsey Riddell (Jacob Knoop), James Riddell, Alec Anderson, Kelsey Anderson, Daphne Anderson and Katherine Anderson.

Many thanks to the caregivers at The Garden who were so wonderful in their care for him in his last few weeks.

A memorial will be planned in the future.

In his memory, donations can be sent to Falmouth Congregational Church, in Falmouth, or First Parish Church UCC in Brunswick.

Dr. Richard Arnold Anderson

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