A full year has passed since I noted that an old friend, Dan Anderson, was fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease and now I must note that the fight has ended. The Daily Journal has a great piece that highlights the many avenues of contribution that Dan made. The avenue that he was both an activist and a true subject matter expert on was the hospital redevelopment so here is a patchwork of the quotes in the article on that topic
(Cathy) Baylock said she also remembers Andersen’s participation in a variety of other community concerns, such as his role as part of Citizens for a Better Burlingame, which influenced the size and shape of the Safeway store before it was built at 1450 Howard Ave.
She also recalled his tireless work to influence the development of Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, during which time he spent countless hours fighting for the interests of neighborhood residents. “He was a great activist,” said Baylock.
(Former councilman and mayor Joe) Galligan said the council relied heavily on Andersen’s perspective when deciding the best way to address the medical center issue. “Because he was a positive influence, not a negative influence, we listened to him,” he said.
Andersen’s willingness to attend public meetings and fight in the best interest of residents gave the Burlingame community a faithful ally in a fight against a medical institution some did not trust, said Galligan.
Ultimately, finding a resolution which served the wishes of residents was due in part to Andersen’s hard work, said Galligan. “There are a lot of people we can give credit to, without a doubt Dan watched every movement,” he said.
My thoughts and sympathies go out to Carolyn. The circle of life can be very bumpy in places and I hope she is headed for smoother times.