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.