William Anderson

May 21, 1923March 4, 2011

William (Bill) Anderson, UCLA class of 1948, educator, father, grandfather, WWII Purple Heart veteran, passed away on March 4, 2011 after a brief illness. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Margaret Anderson and his daughter Denise Hickey. His life was dedicated to education, aviation, and his beloved UCLA Basketball Bruins. As a student at UCLA Bill was a team manager for his beloved Bruins. After graduation, Bill was a part of UCLA Basketball for over sixty years as a statistician and public relations liaison for the school and enjoyed the successes of all of the Bruins NCAA Championships under Coach John Wooden.

Bill’s teaching career included Big Bear High School, Cabrillo and Anacapa Junior Highs, Buena High, and Ventura College. He was an integral part of the International Society of Business Education, California Business Education Association, Ventura Badminton Club, American Aviation Historical Society, and owned Day Aircraft Company and Anderson Aero at Santa Paula airport. Bill was well respected in his professional business associations as a thoughtful, caring person who was very generous with his time.

Bill was trained as a photographer while serving in the US Army Air Corp during WWII. He lived his life through a viewfinder and was always present with his camera. He retired from teaching after 40 years and spent his later life traveling the world.

He is survived by children: Gwen Ridgway, Debbie Kalish, and Keven Anderson ; sons-in-law Bob Ridgway, Lou Kalish, and Greg Hickey; daughter-in–law Natticha Anderson; grandchildren Thomas Kalish, Zachary Kalish, Jennifer Ridgway, Patrick Hickey, and Cody Anderson; and sister Ruth Allin. Bill’s last two months were made significantly more comfortable by the daily care and attention provided by his daughter Gwen, son-in-law Bob, granddaughter Jennifer, and Jennifer “2” of Comfort Keepers.

The family would like to express their thanks to the wonderful nursing staff, Dr. Pawson and Dr. Butaud at Ventura County Medical Center, for their support and care of Bill and his family during his final months.

His favorite causes were education and the VCMC Neonatal Unit. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choosing.

Burial was private. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at a later date.Call Charles Carroll for details.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Charles Carroll Funeral Home 15 teloma Dr. Ventura, CA 93003. 805-642-8134.


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Jim and Robin Sperling

March 22, 2011

My husband and I had Mr. Anderson as a teacher at Buena in the 70's. We went to numerous UCLA Basketball games where we saw him keep stats for John Wooden. We are grateful for our friendship with him through Christmas letters and emails. He was proud of his family. He will be missed. Bless you all...

Wayne Pearl

March 19, 2011

I spent 20+ years playing badminton with Bill on Tuesday nights. He rarely missed a night (except when he was traveling around the world). It always made my night to see him sitting (in later years) on the bench, watching me screw up one more time, and listen to him offer tips on how to improve my game. In earlier years, he had a fantastic serve and his placement of the shuttle to points on the court where I wasn't was second to none. When I broke my ankle playing, and had to be transported to the hospital, Bill was the one who called my wife and he was the one at the hospital with me until my wife showed up. The last year, I didn't go up to Ventura on Tuesday nights, as a closer club had started, so we maintained contact via email. He will be missed.

March 19, 2011

Bill was a good friend. My sympathy goes to his family. He will be missed by many. God Bless you.

Chrysteen Watts, Greenville, Texas

Joe Vaughan

March 15, 2011

Anderson Family! Bill was my typing teacher at Anacapa Jr. High then we spent many years together at Buena. I thoroughly enjoyed Bill because of his UCLA loyalty, how good he was to me and how serious he took his job. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you and my friend, Bill!

Kathy Huff

March 15, 2011

Mr. Anderson was always interesting and always interested in others. He was a kind and thoughtful man. My condolences to the family.

Karen McBride

March 14, 2011

Mr Anderson was one of my teachers in 1957. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to all his family.

Grant Dunne

March 13, 2011

I met Bill a few years ago at the Ventura Badminton Club (played at Balboa Middle School). Bill was the Club’s leader. Come rain or shine, he would be present at every Tuesday evening to set up nets, birdies, collect player fees, and post the sign-in sheet. Badminton opened up a whole new sport for me. I play once or twice weekly and the sport has given me a youthful feeling and passion in life. I owe everything to Bill for my love of badminton. In October, he was coaching me on the techniques of serving. I will miss him.

Ryan Finney

March 12, 2011

Bill Anderson was my friend. He worked with me in the media room at UCLA Men's Basketball games. He was a great man and I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. He sent me money in November and December to buy snacks for the media at our home games this year! He was one of a kind and an unbelievable man with a huge heart. I know he was loved by many and will be missed. My heart goes out to his family and everyone that knew him.

Cynthia Bowden-Evarts

March 12, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

P-38 Association Members

March 12, 2011

All of us here at the P-38 Assn. are truly saddened by this news. It leaves a profound void in our ranks, and Bill will surely be missed.