Dear members, colleagues and friends,

I am saddened to inform you of the sudden passing of Nicholas Anderson, our dear friend and vice president of the Violoncello Society, Inc., due to complications related to colon cancer.

A year ago Nick was diagnosed with colon cancer and had an operation that was successful at that time. He seemed to be doing very well recently: he was evaluated in July and pronounced cancer free.

As many of you may know, on Sunday October 25 Nick presented a double-session for the Society devoted to the teaching methods of Margaret Rowell, the legendary cello teacher with whom he had worked for 24 years and to whose philosophies and methods he was a passionate advocate. Nick was full of energy and the meeting was a wonderful success. The following day, however, he experienced abdominal discomfort, and his doctor sent him to the emergency room. Testing revealed that the cancer had returned. While in the hospital, he suffered respiratory failure, from which he was unable to recover. Nick died on Friday, October 30th, with his brothers Jef and Tim at his bedside.

I had not even known that Nick was sick, although Tim explained to me that he had been dealing with his condition for over a year.

Nick's passing is, of course, a tragedy for his family and friends, but it will also have a huge impact on the Society since Nick had been the point person for most of our upcoming and long-term plans. Immediately upcoming was to have been Mischa Maisky's event on December 5 at the Americas Society, which we have unfortunately been forced to cancel.

Tim and Jef Anderson have informed us that there will be a memorial event for Nick sometime in the spring. We will notify you of details for the memorial when they become available.

If any of our members would like to contact Nick's family, you can write to his siblings Jeffrey, Elizabeth, or Timothy, at ea@elizabeth-anderson.com.

Jeffrey Solow
President, the Violoncello Society, Inc.

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