Vol. 33, No. 2     Fall 2010
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William F. “Bill” Anderson, M.D. ’60

William F. “Bill” Anderson, M.D. ’60Adapted from The Herald, Aug. 6–7, 2010

Dr. William “Bill” Floyd Anderson, 75, of Arlington, Wash., died on August 2, 2010.

Bill was born on Nov. 11, 1934 in Tacoma, Wash., to Floyd and Ethel Anderson. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1952. While attending Pacific Lutheran College, he met Sharol Lawson. They were married on Sept. 3, 1955. He graduated cum laude from PLU in 1956. In 1960, he graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine with thesis honors. His thesis, “The Relationship of Physical Illness to Suicide,” was later used as a chapter in a textbook in psychiatry titled Suicide: Its Diagnosis and Management. He interned at Mountainview General Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.

In 1961, Bill and Sharol moved their family to Selah, Wash., where Bill entered general medical practice. A few months later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was assigned to the pediatrics department at Madigan General Hospital near Fort Lewis until 1963. He re-entered general practice and remained in the town of Selah until 1966, when he was accepted by the University of Minnesota Medical School for residency training in dermatology. He completed training in dermatology at the Royal Infirmary at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

He began his practice in dermatology in 1969 in Yakima, Wash., and continued there until 1976. From 1976 until retiring in 2000, he practiced dermatology in Everett, Marysville and Arlington, Wash. He enjoyed dermatology and getting to know his patients; he always took time to visit with them. Bill was an avid student of the Bible and loved to share his knowledge and faith with others. He had a passion for travel, cultures and languages and visited more than 20 countries in Europe and Asia. His greatest joy was spending time with his 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, taking them for nature walks and playing games. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sharol, his five children: Peter (Dawn), Ruth (Bill Klein), Mark, Becky (Kurt Kenworthy), of Arlington, Wash., and Paul (Peggy), of The Dalles, Ore., as well as his brother, Gary (Mardele), of Kent, Wash., and his sister, Patricia (Mike Iverson), of Everett, Wash.

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