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Obituaries: 08/01/2016

William Carl Anderson

1926-2016


1926-2016


Bill Anderson was born on Aug. 25, 1926 in Oakland. He died on July 13, 2016, at the age of 89. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 62 years, Ann (MacWilliams). Bill was raised in Oakland, was active in Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Life Scout, and graduated from Oakland High School. He served two years in the Navy from 1944-1946 and served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Chenango, CVE 28, during the battle of Okinawa. During his service, he toured Nagasaki to witness the devastation. He remained in the Navy through the end of the war when his ship’s decks were converted to cots to carry Allied POWs from Japan to America.

Bill went on to U.C. Berkeley, where he was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1950. He kept friends from his days at Cal for his entire life.

Bill spent 44 years in the printing and paper industries before retiring at the end of 1994. His work took him and his family to various parts of the country as he worked from offices in California, Maine, Connecticut, New York, and Michigan. Work-related travel took him all over North America, Scandinavia, and Europe. By retirement, Bill had worked for seven different companies and held positions ranging from salesman to president.

In retirement in San Francisco and Oakmont Village, he became a community activist and volunteer, including homeowner’s association board leader; San Francisco City Guide tour leader and board member; World Affairs Council of Sonoma County program committee and board member, including two years as president; and many leadership positions in various Oakmont community organizations, including the Tennis Club, Sunday Symposium, Democratic Club, Community Foundation, Mac Computer Club, Digital Camera Club, and various ad hoc committees of the Oakmont Village Association. He was a natural master of ceremonies and enjoyed arranging and introducing many guest speakers.

Bill always enjoyed keeping busy and active and keeping in touch with political and world affairs. He loved his family, tennis, gardening, travel, reading, music, and his final fulfilling years in Oakmont after he and Ann had lived at 15 previous addresses during their long and happy marriage.

Months after Ann’s death he found unexpected new love and happiness with one of Ann’s best friends, Judy Burness. This association changed his widower lifestyle, and with Judy he was able to resume travel and other daily activities that stimulated his interests and prolonged his active life. He felt that he was a very lucky man.

Bill is survived by daughter Maren Anderson of Boston, Massachusetts; son Tom Anderson of Sausalito; son-in-law Duke Collier; daughter-in-law Dana Christensen; and grandchildren Max Brooks, Will Collier, Kate Anderson, and Sara Anderson.

Bill considered himself to be a secular humanist. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oakmont Community Foundation, U.C. Berkeley Foundation, Santa Rosa Symphony, World Affairs Council of Sonoma County, or the charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Memorial Hospice for their excellent care at the end of his life.

A celebration of his life will be announced and held at a later date.



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