William (Bill) Averette Anderson was born on May 28, 1937 in Akron, Ohio. His mother’s maiden name was Ruby Browner, and his father was William Warren Anderson.
“For many years I thought I was a “Jr.” I recall giving my name as “William Anderson, Jr.” when I was introduced. I thought that was a cool-sounding name. But I’m not a “Jr.,” because my middle name is different than my father’s. In fact it’s quite different—I think it’s something my father concocted. It’s Averette.”
We were fortunate enough to have Bill’s full life story captured in Connections, The 2011 The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Oral History Series, William A. Anderson. Robert Reitherman was the interviewer. Click here to read the full oral interview.