Local political figures Andy Anderson, “Barney” Goltz die
By Marisa Willis
R.H. Andy Anderson
R. H. Andy Anderson, broadcast journalist and political enthusiast, passed away on January 4 in Bellingham at age 77. He was born and raised in Seattle and attended the University of Washington.
There, Anderson developed his life-long passion for radio, news and covering the political world.
Anderson worked many years for U.S. representatives Al Swift and later Rick Larsen. He retired from Larsen’s office in 2004.
Anderson began his career working as a jazz disc jockey for the Seattle radio station KVI and later became a newscaster for the Everett station KRKO.
Anderson moved to Bellingham in 1955 and was hired by the television station KVOS. At KVOS, Anderson was able to bring the coverage of politics and elections to his community through camera instead of radio.
After being transferred to KVOS-TV in Vancouver in 1965, Anderson returned to Bellingham in 1977 to develop the station’s news department. Anderson produced and co-anchored the station’s nightly television newscast while serving as the director of news and public affairs. He also taught a journalism class at Western Washington University during his time spent at KVOS.
Anderson was actively involved in his community, serving on the board of directors for numerous organizations including the Mt. Baker Area Homeowners Council, Visiting Nurse, WCPC and KZAZ Public Radio. He was an avid gardner and photographer who loved politics and the outdoors. He is survived by his wife, Julie and their four children.
Harold A. “Barney” Goltz
Former State Senator Harold A. “Barney” Goltz, age 84, passed away on December 25 in Olympia while visiting family. Goltz was born in Balaton, Minnesota and attended Macalester College in St. Paul. After serving in the United States Army, Goltz returned to the Minneapolis-St.Paul area to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota.
Goltz and his family moved to Bellingham in 1957, to work at Western Washington University. There he helped develop the Student Union Building and later served as director of Campus Planning. Goltz began his political career in 1972 when he ran for and won the position of State Representative.
He served for one term in the House and was then elected to the Washington State Senate in 1974. Gotz retired in 1987 after serving in the Senate for 12 years.