Edward Riley Anderson, a former Tennessee Supreme Court chief justice who once worked and volunteered in Oak Ridge, died Wednesday,Â July 4, after a long fight with cancer. He was 85.
Anderson was born in Chattanooga but moved to Knoxville as a child, according to his obituary. He graduated from Central High School and received his bachelorâ€™s and law degrees from the University of Tennessee.
After law school, in 1958, Anderson became the first associate at the Oak Ridge law firm of Wilson & Joyce, according to theÂ Tennessee State Courts website.Â Frank Wilson and Gene Joyce would have a major impact on his life, the state said in a news story posted online.
â€œI couldnâ€™t have had two better mentors to go to,â€ Anderson said in that article. â€œI think itâ€™s important to have that when youâ€™re a young lawyer and youâ€™re malleable. Youâ€™re going to be influenced by whoever you associate with. I couldnâ€™t have been more fortunate in my choice of mentors.â€
When Wilson left the firm after his appointment to the federal bench, Anderson became a managing partner, and the firm was renamed Joyce, Anderson, and Meredith, the state courts news story said. [Read more…]