Please share your memories of Dick with us here.
I have been remembering “Andy” and the good times we all had in Winona.
Our thoughts are with Aloma now, and this sad change in her life.
It is often said that a good remembrance of a man is his legacy and at Club Green Meadows, even though he left the club in 2010, when someone misses a putt, they can still be heard saying, “Did you see that?”. The only thing missing is the scowl that Dick would get as he uttered those words. RIP Dick.
Seeing his picture warmed my heart after not seeing him for almost 40 years. I played volleyball for him at Columbia Christian College from 1981-1983. He was such a kind man and always made me feel special and valued. He will always have a special place in my heart.
My husband, Tim, and I worked with Dick at WSSB from the late 70’s until his retirement. Dick was very patient with all of our visually impaired students yet challenged them all to learn to swim, and be active in physical fitness from roller skating to track and wrestling. He was also able to dress up with the most unique costumes for Halloween to the delight of all of us, the one that sticks out in my mind was as Snuffleupagus with vacuum cleaner hoses! He taught at our Summer Institute training teachers from all over the state to learn about sports for blind athletes and how to include all student abilities into physical fitness activities. Always keen to boost staff morale, one memorable event he led was on a “ flight to Hawaii” that ended with a highjacking to Mexico with staff playing all of the parts of the spoof and ending in a Mexican food feast. Loved his sense of humor. May Aloma and his family cherish his memories as blessings. I certainly do.
I knew Dick as a kind and No nonsense kind of teacher at WSSB who was dedicated to improving our Fitness. I enjoyed his sense of humor and friendship. God bless his beautiful family. JKS
Mr. Anderson was my PE teacher at the Washington State School for the Blind from 1978 until 1982. He was a great mentor, teacher and coach. He challenged me to work hard and encouraged me to get involved in Track & Field. He gave me the opportunity to participate in 3 USABA Nationals. This was a big adventure for me.
Later in the early 90’s Mr. Anderson encouraged me to get involved in teaching blind and low vision students.
He let me observe some of his classes at WSSB.
I am now in my 22nd year working at WSSB.
Thank you Mr. Anderson. I think of you often as I walk around the track from time to time.
Washington State School for the Blind
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