Photos | Piedmont honors memory of Justice Carl Anderson with flagpole dedication ceremony

The Scout Color Guard raises the flag

A new flagpole in honor of former Justice Carl Anderson was installed on the Highland Way frontage of Piedmont Community Church near the Scout Office on Saturday, June 8. The Scouts will be responsible for management of the American flag — the location will afford easy access for Scouts working on the American flag merit badge.

Members of the Piedmont Beautification Foundation, local leaders, and Scouts marked the occasion. PBF president Karen Sullivan, Kate Benson on behalf of the Scouts, and civic leader and PBF advisor Cameron Wolfe, Jr. delivered remarks. Anderson’s children Marnie and Tom Anderson attended the ceremony.

Anderson passed away last year. Even while carrying on a distinguished career, first with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, then as a Superior Court Judge, a Justice of the California Court of Appeal, and finally as its Presiding Justice, Carl found time to be one of Piedmont’s most important volunteers.

Carl’s service on the Piedmont Scout Council was highlighted by his Herculean efforts in concert with Stephen Bechtel Jr. to preserve the Piedmont Council from absorption into a huge Bay Area-wide council. Thanks to Carl’s efforts, the Piedmont Council survives and is the smallest Council in the Scouting movement.

Throughout his life here, Carl was a member of Piedmont Community Church, where he served on many committees, including the Board of Trustees. In his later years Carl became an Advisor to PBF, offering his wisdom and opening his home for meetings.

Opening his home for charitable events was a hallmark of Carl’s approach to giving.  Perhaps the highlight in this regard was the unforgettable blessing bestowed upon the Piedmont Education Foundation. He and his wife Margo (who predeceased him) welcomed the PEF to operate from the entire bottom floor of their home for 4 years.

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