Paul Norman Anderson of East Falmouth, a longtime reporter and editor for the Cape Cod Times, died July 23 at Falmouth Hospital. He was 81.
He leaves his wife, Janice Marie (Donnelly) Anderson, whom he married in 1962.
Mr. Anderson was born in Boston, the son of Gustave E. and Florence (Kittredge) Anderson. When he was 5, he moved to Falmouth.
He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1951. Years later in 2001, he was inducted into the Falmouth High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
In the summer of 1951, Mr. Anderson worked for the Enterprise as a reporter covering yachting, baseball and the hotel industry. He then served as a communications technician with the 5th Air Force during the Korean War. He was discharged as a staff sergeant.
Following his service, Mr. Anderson was hired in 1956 as a reporter in the Falmouth bureau of the Cape Cod Standard Times (now Cape Cod Times). He was transferred to the paper’s Hyannis office in 1966, where he covered news in Barnstable and served as assistant editor of the paper’s Sunday edition. He was promoted to regional editor in 1969 before becoming night editor in 1970, city editor in 1971, and later special sections editor in 1977.
During his 38 years with the Times, he covered many national events from the perspective of the Cape. He covered the Lawrence High School band’s participation in the 1962 Orange Bowl, as well as the Cape NAACP’s involvement in the March on Washington in 1963. He also frequently covered news coming out of Otis Air Force Base, and was awarded by the base for his coverage in 1967. He retired from the paper in 1994.
Mr. Anderson also worked for Shaw’s Supermarket in Falmouth for more than 20 years.
He also was actively involved in the community. A Falmouth Town Meeting member for 20 years, Mr. Anderson was a member of the Precinct 3 Association, the Marine Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Falmouth, and the Falmouth Heights-Maravista Improvement Association, where he also served as director.
In 1964, he became a charter member of the Clipper Quarterback Club, where he served as a co-chairman and historian, and was a member and former associate patron of the Cape Cod Court, Order of the Amaranth, Hyannis.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Anderson leaves a daughter, Debra Ann Anderson; a son, Paul Frederick Anderson; two grandchildren, Daniel Paul Anderson and Sharon Ann Melghem; and his three great-grandchildren, Hayden O. Anderson, Cole B. Donnellan, and Makayla A. Brooks; all of East Falmouth.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, July 28, from 5 to 8 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at 11:30 AM in the funeral home.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Clipper Quarterback Club, c/o Falmouth High School, 874 Gifford St., Falmouth, MA 02540; Falmouth Baptist Church, 60 Park Ave., Falmouth, MA 02540; or the Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation for Falmouth Hospital, PO Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.