November 30, 2012

In Memoriam:

C. Alan Anderson, Ph.D.


Please read it here.


Editor’s Corner

It began on Friday, February 1, 2002, at 4:00 in the morning, when I pressed the “send” button on an email addressed to C. Alan Anderson, Ph.D. The email read in part:

I have a little project in the back of my mind concerning PP Quimby. Your websites have been very helpful with Quimby information. My idea is to create an Internet repository of Quimby information. Ideally, I would like to post all of the known materials including photocopies of original writings, photocopies of published newspaper articles, books and papers by various authors, etc.
So far, this is just an idea. I have quietly registered and parked it on a web server for future use. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the domain was still available! Other than my wife, you are the first person I have mentioned this project to...
For me, this is nothing more than a labor of love and a way to give something back to the world. If you are willing, I do have some questions for you regarding Quimby and such a project.

Alan’s response was not only enthusiastic, but instantly cemented a deep and rich personal friendship that will be forever unbroken. I published the first version of this web site on March 7, 2002.

I credit the exemplary Internet works of Dr. Alan Anderson and Mr. Brad Jensen of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the inspiration for the creation of this Phineas Parkhurst Quimby Resource Center.

Since that first Friday morning in 2002, Alan and I have exchanged more than five thousand emails, and shared the joys and challenges of life along the way. I began to dig for additional historical information pertaining to Quimby and shared each morsel with Alan, who expressed great pleasure at each one of my “finds.” The information that is available on-line here is just the proverbial “tip of the iceberg.”

He was most surprised when my research work turned up a copy of this photograph:

Ordination of Alan Anderson and Dimas Avila

Pictured from left–to–right are Al Miller, Alan Anderson, Dimas Avila, and Ervin Seale. Taken in or about 1984, this picture commemorates the ordinations of Alan Anderson and Dimas Avila by Ervin Seale. Rev. Al Miller assisted Dr. Seale in conducting the service.

Alan served on the Board for the Quimby Memorial Church and Foundation in the U.S., (co–founded by Ervin Seale and Herman Aaftink, who is not pictured here.) Although this organization dissolved some years ago, Dr. Aaftink continues the work of the Quimby Foundation in Canada through the Calgary Life Enrichment Centre in Calgary, Alberta. (Alan was also one of the Directors of this organization.)

Alan received the INTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 during their Congress in July. A biographical sketch of his background in New Thought was prepared. Although this sketch is now outdated, it demonstrates the impact New Thought has had on Alan, and lists some of his various influences and contributions to the movement. You can read it here.

In closing today, I will not say “good–bye” to my friend Alan, but rather, “New Every Moment.”

Ron Hughes