Robert Anderson

1972 - 2013


Robert Anderson

March 30, 1972 — Aug. 6, 2013

Robert Ted Anderson died Aug. 6, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. He was born to Dariel (Andy) Anderson and Carol (Massey) Anderson on March 30, 1972, at Dayton General Hospital.

Rob grew up in Dayton and graduated from Dayton High School in 1991. In 1995 he graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of business administration. He furthered his education with a bachelor of arts in cinema from San Francisco State University in 1999.

In high school Rob played football and was named all-star center. Rob excelled at windsurfing, snowboarding and skiing. He spent his college summers at Hood River, windsurfing, then hurrying home to work at harvest jobs.

He was a member of the Bluewood Blazers ski team and a ski instructor at Ski Bluewood in High school.

He was in New York City for work and saw the events of 9/11.

He enjoyed cooking, especially Indian and Thai food.

After college Rob moved to the San Francisco Bay area. He was devoted to the arts. He was a lighting designer, a dance/theater/touring technical director and a videographer, who worked with many San Francisco Bay area performance companies and theaters. He was appreciated by his arts colleagues for his creative and problem-solving skills in lighting design and technical direction, and, in particular, for his calm, friendly and cooperative nature. Rob loved travel and enjoyed exploring locations and local culture on tours around the U.S., the Virgin Islands and Mexico.

For the past decade, he served as technical director for the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company, for international and national touring as well as the company’s San Francisco home season. In recent years Rob designed the lighting for many notable Lily Cai works, including Red Typhoon, The Mist Beneath and Shifting.

His specialty was lighting design for dance, opera, theater and musical theater productions. He created lighting designs for performances held at the Magic Theater, Altarena Playhouse, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, St. Mary’s College, the Willows Theater, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Napa Valley Opera House, and for companies including the Marin Theatre Company, The West Bay Opera, Oakland Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, Berkeley Opera, Western Ballet, Tri Valley Rep Company, the Shotgun Players, the Aurora Theater Company, Crossroads Theater, Ron Guidi Dance Company, Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, Theatreworks and San Francisco’s Lamplighters Music Theatre. He also acted as technical director on occasional tours with Savage Jazz Dance Company and Printz Dance Project.

In 2012, he launched his own videography company, Flying Turtle Pro ( He did videos for the Dayton Historical Society and The Boldman House.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. Rob was well known for his mellow personality and kind disposition.

He was proceed in death by grandparents, Lovett (Andy) and Gladys Anderson, and Clarence Massey. Rob is survived by his parents; brothers, Brad (Kay Mead) Anderson and Kent (Judy) Anderson; niece, Sarah (Adrian) Hlebichuk; and nephew, Tim Anderson; his grand-niece, Hannah Hlebichuk; and grandmother, Edith Massey; and many good friends including Lily Cai, Gang Situ and Scott Thiessen and daughter Sylvie.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hubbard Rogg Funeral Home, 111 S. 2nd, Dayton. Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the Liberty Theater, Dayton Historic Society or a charity of your choice.


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