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    Wilton Thomas Anderson 1916-2012
    memorial posted November 30, 2012 by Deirdre Harris, tagged 2012, memorial 
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    Wilton T. Anderson, known by most as Andy, was born in Richland, Texas on November 29, 1916 and spent most of his early life in Cherokee, Oklahoma. He died in Oklahoma City on November 15, 2012 after a long illness. He took a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in economics, in 1938 from Northwestern State College (now Northwestern Oklahoma State University), a Master of Commercial Education degree in 1942 from the University of Oklahoma, and a Doctor of Education degree in 1953 from the University of Colorado. He was on the accounting faculty at Colorado from 1947 to 1957, eventually becoming associate professor. Beginning in 1957, he served as Director of Education for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where he was in charge of the preparation and grading of the Uniform CPA Examination. In 1960, he joined the accounting faculty at Oklahoma State University, where he was a full professor and head of the department, later the School of Accounting, until his retirement in 1982. He then spent the 1982-83 academic year as head of the accounting department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he played an integral role in setting up the School of Accountancy.

    At Oklahoma State, Andy was a stimulating presence, the leader of the accounting program, and a captivating lecturer to large student classes. He was unequalled in recruiting undergraduates to enter the public accounting profession and in some cases to pursue an academic career. He was very active in Beta Alpha Psi and was its National President in 1966-67. The School of Accounting named an accounting chair, a graduate fellowship, and its Hall of Fame after him.

    Andy played important roles in the American Accounting Association, serving as Vice President in 1965 and President in 1975-76. In 1973, he was one of the two inaugural recipients of the Association’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. In 1977, he served as the first President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and in 1978 the Oklahoma Society of CPAs inducted him into its Accounting Hall of Fame.

    In addition to writing a number of articles, he coauthored a textbook, Accounting: Basic Financial and Control Concepts, with C. A. Moyer and Arthur R. Wyatt, published in 1965.

    His wife Gwen, whom he married in December 1938, died at age 84 in March 2001. Andy is survived by his second wife Jacqueline Adair, daughter Lynn and son Thomas, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

    -Stephen A. Zeff