Carrie Anderson (1958-2008)

Jun 23, 2008 2:40 PM, By George Petersen


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Former Mix and Electronic Musician associate publisher Carrie Anderson (pictured) passed away on June 10, 2008, following injuries from an automobile accident near her home in San Jose, Calif.

A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston University, she first worked at Yankee, a magazine about New England lifestyles, before joining the marketing/public relations staff of Kurzweil Music Systems. In 1988, she made a "few months" trip to the San Francisco Bay Area to help a friend relocate, yet ended up remaining in Northern California, and accepted a job as advertising manager for Electronic Musician. Carrie thoroughly enjoyed the work. Her creative and organizational skills, combined with her bubbling personality, easygoing nature and love of music all contributed to her success. A few years later, she was promoted to EM's associate publisher, a position she held until 1997.

About this time, Carrie met David "DK" Sweet—an industry consultant who worked with clients such as Mackie, E-mu Systems, Line 6, AKG, Neumann and Capitol Records. Soon, the two were inseparable, with Carrie having finally found the perfect guy. They married in 1999.

Seeking new challenges, Carrie moved to Acoustic Guitar magazine, then later to Mix followed by the CMP group (Guitar Player, Keyboard, etc.), but the long commutes from her new home in San Jose led her to try something new. In 2005, Carrie began working as a personal assistant to Silicon Valley entrepreneur/philanthropist Steve Kirsch, who used his fortunes from founding Infoseek and Propel into creating a charitable foundation.

Carrie Anderson had many friends within and outside the industry and was loved by all. She will long be remembered for her intelligence, generosity, sense of humor and infectious smile. A memorial service is planned for June 24 at 3 p.m., at Saratoga Federated Church, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boston University.

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