Dr. William M. Anderson, 97, WWII European Theater battalion surgeon

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Dr. William M. Anderson, of Williamsburg, died April 17, 2015, after a wonderful life. He was 97.

He was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on July 4, 1917. Dr. Anderson grew up in Cramerton, North Carolina, graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1938 and graduated from Washington University Medical School in 1942.

During WWII, Dr. Anderson served as a battalion surgeon in the European Theater and later the U.S. Army of Occupation. Upon discharge in September 1946, Captain Anderson returned to Richmond to begin his medical practice as a resident physician at The Medical College of Virginia; subsequently he was appointed as assistant professor of clinical medicine.

After 25 years at MCV, Dr. Anderson moved to Richmond Memorial Hospital and retired in 1982 as the medical director. Dr. Anderson has been a Williamsburg resident since 1984. He moved to Williamsburg Landing in 2001.

Dr. Anderson was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna P. Anderson; his second wife, Polly Bandy Anderson; a son, Alvin P. Anderson (Betsy); his parents, the Rev. Alfred and Katharine Anderson; brothers, A. Scott Anderson, Col. Lewis M. Anderson and Charles Harper Anderson; and a sister, Katharine Anderson.

In addition to many nieces and nephews, survivors include a son, William M. Anderson Jr. (Elyse) and a daughter, Anna Katharine Anderson. Other survivors include Polly’s son and daughter-in-law, William and Connie Bandy and Polly’s daughter, Elizabeth Bandy Marshal. His grandchildren are Lt. Col. W. M. Anderson (Brandee), Second Lt. Sam L. Anderson (Brittany), Susan K. Anderson, Mary Beth Sherwin, Sara Huddleston (Byrne), Hilary Castro (Henry), Brooke Bandy and Alexandra Bandy. His great-grandchildren are Zac LaPointe, Chloe LaPointe, Michael Kelly, Annabel Anderson, Oliver Sherwin, Carolina Sherwin, Thomas Huddleston and Meriwether Huddleston. He is also survived by his many friends at Williamsburg Landing and especially Ms. Pauline Schaub, Ms. Irene Faubion and Dr. Joe O’Brien.

The family greatly appreciates all the wonderful friends and superb staff our Dad has known through the years at The Landing and a special thanks to the staff at Woodhaven for their care and love of our father over the past 10 months.

He said to tell anyone who asked, “I have had an interesting and wonderful life and especially here with my extended family at Williamsburg Landing and Woodhaven. Friends are family one finds along the way.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Alvin P. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Marshall Wythe School of Law, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1693 or a charity of your choice.

A graveside commitment service with military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015, at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Williamsburg. This will be followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Dr. Harold McKeithen and the Rev. Brenda Lee at the Alvin P. Anderson Memorial Auditorium at Williamsburg Landing.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Bucktrout of Williamsburg.

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