SAN DIEGO – Roger D.
Anderson, a former San Diegan who became arts and entertainment editor of
Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., died Jan. 10 in a Baltimore
hospital. He was 53.
The cause of death was
complications from a rare lung disease, which was diagnosed Dec. 13, said
his sister, Vanessa Kibbe. Mr. Anderson, who was born in San Diego and
raised in El Cajon, cultivated an interest in music as a youth. As a student
at El Cajon Valley High School in the mid-1960s, he played flute in a
marching band at the Tournament of Roses Parade.
He later studied flute
and music composition at San Diego State University. Eventually,
though, Mr. Anderson's passion for poetry and literature prevailed. After
enrolling at San Francisco State University, he earned a bachelor's degree
in English and explored career opportunities in writing. Mr. Anderson's
17-year career in print journalism focused on popular culture and
entertainment. He contributed free-lance articles to alternative weeklies
nationwide, including the San Diego Reader.
He also wrote
satirical celebrity news columns – first for The Seattle Times, and later
for Scripps Howard. Before his death, he was working on two manuscripts, one
on pop culture and the other on his family history – much of it focusing on
his San Diego heritage. "Roger was smart and funny, and even in a business
that can be cynical, he was optimistic and hopeful," said Peter Copeland,
editor and general manager of Scripps Howard News Service.
In the 1980s, Mr.
Anderson contributed free-lance articles on the literary scene to the Daily
Californian in Berkeley. He became the paper's special sections editor in
1985 and its arts editor in 1986. He joined San Francisco magazine as
associate editor in 1987, then left after a year to work as a copy editor at
the San Francisco Examiner. He began his career with Scripps Howard in 1993
after stints at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he was a features copy
editor, and The Seattle Times, where he edited features and wrote a
whimsical column titled "Seen, Hear, Said." Survivors include his wife of 12
years, Sandra Schneider, who is acting art director of The Washington Post
Sunday magazine; and sister, Vanessa Kibbe of Tujunga.
Services are pending
on the West Coast.
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