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David Anderson, department chair of dental anesthesiology, passes away

David Anderson
David Anderson, DDS, passed away on June 26, 2006.
David L. Anderson, DDS, was born August 15, 1941, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He grew up in Yucaipa, California, and attended Loma Linda Academy during his high school years. He began his undergraduate education at San Bernardino Valley College, where he completed his freshman and sophomore years. He then transferred to La Sierra College (now La Sierra University) in Riverside, California, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry in 1965. He married Sharon N. Potter in 1964 during his time at La Sierra.

He continued with his education at Loma Linda University Graduate School (chemistry). He then attended the LLU School of Dentistry, a member of the dental class of 1970.

Following graduation in 1970, Dr. Anderson opened his first full-time practice in general dentistry in Lake Havasu, Arizona. He and his family remained there until 1975, when he returned to Loma Linda and joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry. He served as an associate professor of oral surgery from 1975 to 1991.

From 1976 to 78, he completed a 24-month residency in general anesthesia at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Anderson was one of three dentists who participated in the California Health Manpower Pilot Project, which allowed for the training and employment of dentists in the field of anesthesiology.

In the fall of 1990, the department of dental anesthesiology was created within the School and, in 1991, Dr. Anderson became  chair of the department. In January 1998, he was promoted to professor. He remained chair of the department until his passing on June 26, 2006.

Dr. Anderson is survived by Sharon, his wife of 42 years; a daughter, Cherie Lavonne Anderson; two sons, David Greg Anderson, married to Sandra Farrand, and Devin Lee Anderson, married to Cecilia Kao; and grandchildren Bradley, Matthew, and Cody, as well as another grandson who is expected soon.

Dr. Anderson will be remembered for his many years of service as a dentist, anesthesiologist, professor, educator, mentor, and friend.

By Nancy Yuen

TODAY news for Thursday, August 24, 2006