Craig T. (Calvin) Anderson

  • Wednesday October 8, 2014
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September 19, 1941 – September 27, 2014

Known best as Calvin Anderson, the creator of Sierra Domino Studio, Craig T. Anderson, 73, died September 27, 2014; three years earlier a stroke seriously paralyzed him and left him speechless.

Craig was one of the earliest photographers of black males (1970s) producing photos, slides, a newsletter, magazines, and cocktail books (Rhapsody in Black, Janssen, 2002) for an international clientele. His lifelong hobby in trains led to his publication of one of the first books on Amtrak (1978), which is now, as much of his work in Sierra Domino, in the collector's realm.

A true Renaissance man, Craig's interests included early California painting, carnival glass, and having an antique store in the early 1980s.

Craig was born in Long Beach, California but lived much of his early life in Tacoma, Washington. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Puget Sound and did doctoral work at Colorado University. Settling in San Francisco in 1968 he was on the science faculty of Balboa High School for several years and taught one of the first courses on ecology at Laney College in Oakland.

For 20 years, Craig's home in an 18-room Victorian on Broadway was the site for bridge and journal writing groups and festive – four operating fireplaces – holiday parties.

He is survived by relatives in Tacoma and local friends.