Alix Anderson, 87, of Gulf Cove, Florida passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2006 at Oconee Regional Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia. Mr. Anderson was born in Quincy, Massachusetts on February 8, 1919 son of John and Matilda (Manley) Anderson. A graduate of the Vespar George School of Art (1937) and the Famous Artists’ School of Wilton, Ct., Alix had to put his art career on hold when WWII was declared. He went to work in the Fore River Shipyard during the day and became a singer of note with big bands in the Boston area, appearing with several of the nation's top orchestras. Among his close friends, he counted Ted Herbert, Red McKinley, Lee Castille, Frank Fontain, Norm Crosby, Jerry Vale and producer Jimmy Parks. When the draft was extended to men with families, Alix went to serve and was assigned to the 3rd Army and landed in Normandy D-Day plus five as a forward artillery observer. Under the command of General George Patton, 3rd Army’s Ghost Division spearheaded the invasion of Germany and liberated many of the now infamous prisoner of war death camps. At the end of hostilities, Alix was assigned as one of the artists to sketch the record of the Nuremburg War Crimes Trials. He also produced, wrote, and starred in several post war shows for the US Armed Forces across Germany. He returned home and began work as a radio announcer in Vermont where he worked for WDEV and WSKI for a number of years. Mr. Anderson made the transition to television with his skill as an artist and served as art director for WCAX-TV, a CBS station in Vermont, for 14 years and another 14 years for WSFU, Florida Public Television. He exhibited his art in juried and non-juried art exhibits, provided illustrative support for medical college faculty for journals and texts, taught art in various settings from private lessons to teaching in private and public schools. He taught animation and television art to students from the department of art at Florida State University. While in Tallahassee, Alix was called upon by the Tallahassee Police Department as a sketch artist. His sketch of Ted Bundy, taken from conversations with one of his victims, resulted in Bundy’s capture.
Alix continued his art career when he retired to South Florida with his wife "Jo" Marion Olson Anderson, his high school sweetheart, to whom he was married for more than sixty years. He exhibited in art galleries and art shows and taught art in the Adult Continuing Education program of the Charlotte City School Board. Alix also taught for the Charlotte City Parks and Recreation Division and the Charlotte City Cultural Center in their continuing education programs. In 1998 the University Club of Charlotte County, an organization of retired university and public school educators, selected Alix as the Teacher of the Year. Alix and Jo began spending the summers in Milledgeville in 2001. In May of 2001 and 2005, the President of Georgia Military College, Peter J. Boylan (MG, USA/ret), appointed Alix as Artist in Residence for the summer term of the college at its campus in Milledgeville, Georgia. As a result of the 2001 summer’s residency, Alix produced “Where It All Began” for The City of Macon’s Fort Hawkins Commission in 2002 and later did a series of the historic homes and buildings in Milledgeville. After the death of his wife in 2003, Alix continued spending summers in Milledgeville in a cottage on Lake Sinclair. His commissioned works hang in private collections throughout the United States and include drawings for the Old Governor’s Mansion, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Military College and galleries and shops in Naples, Florida, Milledgeville and Madison, Georgia. His most recent exhibit was at the Marlor Arts Center, Milledgeville, in August of 2006 and the same month he was one of three guest artists at the Old Governors' Mansion.
Alix is survived by two sons, John W. Anderson (Janet) of Milledgeville, Georgia and Kent Anderson (Linda) of Northport, Florida. His grandson, Jon E. Anderson (Kim) of Douglasville, Georgia, a great-grandson, Jed Alixander Anderson of Douglasville, and several neices and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at Moore's Funeral Home, 301 South Wayne St., Milledgeville, Georgia on Wednesday evening, September 27 at 7:00 PM and in the Port Charlotte, Florida area in mid October.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be sent to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care (Hospice of Southwest Florida), 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238 (1-800-959-4291). Tallahassee