Chilton Anderson, 85, died peacefully March 12 at Taos Retirement Village following a lengthy illness.

Anderson was notably the first ski instructor at Taos Ski Valley starting in 1955, and co-founded with fellow musicians, the world-renowned Taos School of Music which he also directed for 44 years.

Anderson was a former president of the Taos Art Association, and received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

He and wife Judy Anderson were The Taos News' 2007 Unsung Heroes.

For a complete obituary see the Thursday (March 20), 2014 edition of The Taos News.

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