Ken Anderson

Long-time Laguna resident

Active in arts community

Ken Anderson PhotoGeorge Kenneth (Ken) Anderson, who moved to Laguna Beach from Detroit, Michigan with his wife Bette in 1987, died Saturday, Dec. 18 at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. The cause of death was septic shock, following partial recovery from an ischemic stroke in November 2008.

Ken served as a B17 pilot in England in World War II and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and two Battle Stars. He was a B29 pilot instructor and flew in the Michigan Air National Guard, remaining in the Air Force Reserve as an Academy liaison officer until his retirement in 1971 as a Lt. Colonel.  His civilian career included management positions in marketing and sales with the Ford Motor Company until 1987 and his educational background included a BBA from the University of Michigan, an MBA from Wayne State and (his “favorite”) Associate Degree in Fine Arts from Saddleback College.

After relocating to Laguna Beach Ken was able to pursue his life-long interest in art.  He was a gifted photographer who also studied and created watercolors, sketches and sculpture. He supported and/or became active in a number of local art organizations, including CAP, LOCA, Orange County Art Museum (as a docent), the Festival of Arts and the Laguna Art Museum. He served on the City’s Arts Commission and was a board member of both LANO and Neighborhood Watch. He was a member of Village Laguna and active in the DFC Society. He loved Laguna and had many friends here.

Survivors include Ken’s wife, son Merrill and grandsons Aaron and Evan (Iowa), his sister Marion (Florida) and a number of extended family members in Michigan. His final wishes included cremation and burial at sea. In lieu of flowers, any contributions can be sent to Laguna’s Friendship Shelter, Community Clinic or R.U.F.F.