Rest in Peace, Mr. Anderson. You were a kind, caring and motivational teacher. You taught me more than music! You left an amazing legacy in the world of horn performance and pedagogy!
The picture in the newspaper obituary captures perfectly the way I remember Paul--either smiling or laughing. He was one of my favorite people in the School of Music and I even had few class horn lessons with him. But I knew him best as a fellow member of the Quad City Symphony. I remember especially the weekend of 23-25 March, 1962, when he and I rode together Jerry Buxton and Ron Tyree to Davenport for rehearsals and concerts; it was Paul's 40th birthday and my 25th, so we were in unusually high spirits. I saw him many times over the years since, the last being at Oaknoll a couple of years ago at a memorial service. He had his characteristic huge smile, and we had a good chat.
Mr. Anderson is the best possible example of the phrase "a scholar and a gentleman." Although he did not receive a doctorate himself, he probably has more former students with doctorates in Horn than any other Horn Professor. If you combine this with all of his former Masters Degree and undergraduate students, his academic legacy is amazing.
I was one of his first students back in 1949/50 and was privileged to share many musical experiences during my academic years Later, my husband and I became close friends with Paul and his wife Betty and our families shared many happy times together. He will be remembered every day by the many who profited from having him as a teacher and a friend.
I was a student of Paul's in the mid-1970s and still consider myself a friend. It has been nearly two years since I saw Paul last, but I will always cherish not only the instructions he gave me, but the sincere friendship he and Betty offered. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend his final services, but I want his family to know that I will miss him.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Paul Anderson. He was a kind, wise, and generous man who helped me early in my career. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
I send my condolences to the family on behalf of my family. My father, who has passed away, was a colleague of Prof. Andersen's. Although they were not close friends, my parents had a great deal of respect for Prof. Andersen and very much appreciated his warmth and kindness towards everyone. I was a music student myself (organ) and had no academic interaction with Prof. Andersen, but whenever I passed him in the hallway or in the music office, he was unfailingly friendly and greeted me with a smile. He was a lovely person. I hope shared happy memories will be some comfort at this difficult time.
Paul was my teacher, mentor, friend and second father. I may have the record for the most years studying with him as he gave me my first lessons during my 4th grade year at Horace Mann grade school in Iowa City, and I studied with him until I received my M.F.A. as his teaching assistant in 1970. In between I attended summer band camps for six years and spent five years driving him crazy as an undergraduate. He was a great teacher and an exquisite horn player. The impact he had on horn playing in this country is truely profound. He will be missed.
Paul, Was a Man of Great Wisdom, I have had the honor of knowing him, since his son Mark and I became friends when we were about 8 years Old,,,,,
Mark: I'm so sorry to read the sad news about your father. He was a good man. Take good care of yourself.
We live on Fairview Knoll and cherish the wonderful neighbors we've had over the years, especially Betty, Paul, and Mark. They were always so friendly, interesting, and, especially, interested. So sorry to hear of Paul's death. Jan and Joe Segreti