Black Hawk County
|Death: ||Jan., 1990|
Funeral services will be held tomorrow for Mr. Thomas C. Andersen, 63, a founding partner of Pacific Stereo and chief executive officer and chairman of the board of SBE Inc.
Mr. Andersen, who was ill for the past year and a half with congestive heart problems, died Tuesday at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo.
He was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and grew up in Oklahoma, where his father headed the English department at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. After graduating from Oklahoma in 1950, Mr. Andersen went to work for General Electric Co. in Schenectady, N.Y.
In 1955, he married Doris Waldby, and the two moved to the Bay Area.
In 1960, Mr. Andersen bought a small radio supply business in Berkeley and moved to Walnut Creek. Along with partner Charles Haist, he turned the company into Pacific Stereo, which became the nationwide chain.
CBS bought the company in 1972, and Mr. Andersen remained head of Pacific Stereo and a division president of CBS until he retired from the company in 1978. (In 1986, three years after CBS had sold it, Pacific Stereo filed for bankruptcy.)
In 1977, Mr. Andersen invested in SBE, a computer firm. He became actively involved in the company in 1978, when he served as chairman of the board of directors. In 1979, he became president of SBE and its chief executive officer.
He is survived by his wife, Doris of Lafayette ; two daughters, Teresa Douglas-Mitchell of Sonoma County and Michele E. Andersen of Los Angeles; a son, William Andersen of Edmonds, Wash.; his mother, Pauline Andersen of Walnut Creek; a brother, Robert Andersen of Los Altos Hills; and one grandson.
San Francisco Chronicle (CA) - January 12, 1990
Oakmont Memorial Park
Contra Costa County
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