Anderson, William 1929 - 2009 William Anderson was born January 19th 1929 in Jackson, Mississippi to Monroe and Pearl Anderson. As a young man Bill had an education that was a combination of Church schooling and traditional public education. This education would be the foundation for Bill. In 1945 Bill joined the Army, landed in Germany and worked as a Medic with the Field Artillery Unit and in Communications. He attended night school, at this time, which prepared him for college. Bill attended Tougaloo College and on August 9th. 1952 earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics. Bill migrated from Mississippi to California in 1954. He met Mildred Williams, married and settled in Compton, Ca. where they had three children, Guillermo, Frederico and Antonio. He sought employment at Rockwell International. As a computer engineer he was involved in the initial stages of the space program. The XB-70, X-15, Apollo Missions, early GPS systems and the Space Shuttle Project were all highlights of his career. In Bill's spare time he gave of himself to many organizations to help minority children and adults through The ACT Program, OPERATION BOOTSTRAP, and Shindana Toys. After the death of his beloved wife Mildred, Bill reunited with Rebecca Green Vaughn. He is survived by sons Frederico and Antonio, sisters Nancy Barnes, Mattie Kellum, Luella Harris an d Elveria Caspro, grandchildren Tiffany, Rico, Jeremy, Jordan and a host of relatives and friends. We will all truly miss his generosity, wisdom and stories of his life as a young man in Mississippi.

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  1. I worked with ‘big daddy’ as we used to fondly call him closely on the backup computer system of the space shuttle. I remember him as a wise and kind person. Once I committed one error in programming, he was the lead on the review process, he was penalized for the oversight. I have always regretted that incident. Big daddy showed his big heart. He never took me to task over the matter. I miss him dearly. May the Lord be with him.

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