Bruce Anderson, 1938-2013

The Porsche world remembers a friend and a maestro

April 12, 2013

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To fully honor Bruce’s legacy would take volumes. For now we’ve gathered a few of the hundreds of remembrances from those who knew Bruce as a friend, a professional colleague, and as an all-around good guy who always found the time to be gracious.

Bruce Anderson was an integral part of Excellence starting with the first issue (then known as Porsche Magazine) in the fall of 1986. Bruce’s importance was reinforced when we conducted our first demographic survey and found that our readers rated “Tech Notes” as one of the most popular sections of the magazine.

Bruce was an exceptional teacher of Porsche lore. Even if the question he answered didn’t pertain to your model, it was interesting to read because he explained the most technical of matters so they were easily understood.

Bruce had a few health issues over the years, and although some were serious, he had always bounced back. A similar scenario seemed to be unwinding over the last year, but, just when it seemed he was on the road to recovery, Bruce’s heart decided enough was enough, and he passed quietly on the night of February 8, 2013. Bruce’s wife, Stephanie, told us that Bruce had remained upbeat and optimistic about his return to the Porsche fold until the very end.

Many of you have been with us since the beginning and have been reading, and learning from, Bruce’s contributions. We’re sure you feel as we do, that we’ve lost a close friend as well as a valuable member of the Excellence family. Fortunately, Bruce’s words live on, and we still can savor the wisdom and knowledge Bruce provided to us for so long.

—Tom Toldrian

Bruce was a permanent answer-book. If I needed a photo of a special Porsche or of a special part, he had it and would send it on always with a nice comment. He was a super great help in the historics and the modern era. I will really miss him.

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