Originally Published: October 2, 2008 11:06 p.m.
G. William "Bill" Anderson Jr. died on Oct. 1, 2008, in Prescott, Ariz. He was born on Dec. 10, 1913, in White Plains, N.Y., to George William and Virginia Marshall Brown Anderson.
Bill attended Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y., of which his father was a master and co-founder. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. He joined the U.S. Air Force during World War II and became a lieutenant. Bill worked for CBS Radio in Hollywood as Executive Manager of "Your Hit Parade" and "Lux Presents Hollywood." Later, in Chicago and New York City, he worked as an account executive for a number of advertising agencies.
It was in New York City that Bill met his wife of 54 years, Gloria Shearer Anderson. They were married at the Park Ave. Methodist Church on Feb. 11, 1954. The following year, their only child, Cynthia, was born. After moving to Greenwich, Conn., Bill joined Continental Baking as their creative director.
Upon retirement, Bill and Gloria moved to New Milford, Conn., and Bill pursued his love of golf at the Winged Foot Golf Club, the Millbrook Club and the Lake Waramug Country Club. They later moved to Southern California to be near their daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Robert "Lynn" Pedigo. Three years ago they moved to Prescott and were joined here in December of 2007 by Cynthia and Lynn.
Bill was an enthusiastic sports fan, active alumnus of Trinity-Pawling School, and was a true New Englander at heart.
He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Gloria, and daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Lynn, all of Prescott.
A private service will take place at a later date.
Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Please visit and sign Bill's guestbook at www.ruffnerwakelin.com.
Information provided by survivors.