The Tahoe Area Sierra Club chairman died last week after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for his 70th birthday.
Conservationist Bob Anderson and his wife, Grace Proulx, were leaving the mountain after their climb when their Land Rover rolled over. Anderson died from fatal head injuries. His wife has returned to California and is recovering from her injuries.
Anderson was an avid outdoorsman.
Ten years ago, Anderson moved to the Tahoe area from Montana. In Montana, he helped designate three wilderness areas and helped halt the construction of a dam on the Yellowstone River.
Anderson has also been involved with the Montana Public Service Commission and Sacramento’s Sierra Club Mother Lode chapter. He helped form the Tahoe Institute of Nature Studies and was an appointed member of the Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee, colleague Laurel Ames said.
“It’s such a shock,” Ames said. “He was a very good leader.”
More recently, Anderson vocally opposed the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s new regional development plan and was instrumental in a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club to protect environmental resources and improve water quality at the lake.
“Bob was a steady hand as we proceeded through the Sierra Club bureaucracy,” Ames said.