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Thomas Wynn Anderson

Obituary for Thomas Wynn Anderson

February 1, 1923 - August 18, 2016
Austin, Texas | Age 93


Thomas Wynn Anderson, age 93, passed on peacefully to join his beloved Norma and son Gavin on August 18, 2016. Tom was born February 1, 1923 in Nocona, TX, leather goods center of the Southwest. His family, parents Bascom Earl and Beulah, brothers and sister James, Esma Beth, David and Ken, moved to Austin where he attended University Junior High and Austin High School.

His younger sister Esma Beth became fast friends with a young Norma Jean Lewis, who was destined to become the love of his life. He began his college degree at the University of Texas in 1939, but left to join the navy. He later returned to Austin on leave to attend a wedding, where he was formally introduced to his sister's best friend Norma. The two began their lifelong partnership August 4, 1945.

Tom returned to the University in 1950 and played a short stint on the Carillon bells from 1952-1956. He graduated with a degree in Music Education and once again took up the mantle of Carilloneur in 1967. His was a fixture in the UT bell tower until 2012, when at age 89, climbing the 85 steps to the top of the tower became too much. He touched many lives during his time working in the international office at UT, often serving as host family for countless foreign students over the years. He returned to UT for a Master's Degree and was just shy of a Ph.D. in Music Education. He worked numerous jobs throughout his life, often at the same time; from music minister to UT administrator, Lt. Col. in the army reserves to private music teacher, and after his retirement docent for the Military museum at Camp Mabry.

He was an active member of several churches as Minister of Music, before joining First Baptist Church of Austin after his retirement, and was an integral part of the choir there until just a few weeks before his death. He kept his vocal instrument in fine tune as a member of various choral groups, including The University of Texas Chamber Singers, The Morris Beachy Singers, and The Singing Men of Texas, among others.

His musical gifts and sense of humor will be missed by his family and the many people he touched. He is survived by his brother Kenneth Anderson and wife Linda, sons Jim Anderson and wife Becky, Eric Anderson and wife Valerie, daughter Jeanie Escalona, and daughter-in-law Pat Anderson; grandchildren Jessica Anderson and husband Casey Cannon, Jonathan Escalona, Elizabeth O'Brien and husband Scott, great-grandchild Sage O'Brien, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held September 18, 2016, 2:30pm at the First Baptist Church of Austin, 9th and Trinity.

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