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ANDERSON, VICTOR CHARLES March 31, 1922 to November 3, 2012 On a morning following a warm and laughter-filled family dinner, Victor Anderson lay down for a nap, stroked his beloved cat, went to sleep and passed into eternal rest. Thirteen years earlier Victor had tenderly nursed his devoted wife Anne through her final illness; his children Mary Anderson, Andy Anderson, Judy Myers, and son-in-law Tom Myers cared for him in his declining years. Joining in this care, his first grandson Jeff Elam used skillful neuro kinetic therapy to strengthen his grandfather's muscles and ease his chronic pain. Victor's life was full; his passing peaceful. The son of missionaries Colena and Elam Anderson, Victor was born in Shanghai, China in 1922. The family, known as the "House of An (Peace)", returned to the United States when Victor was nine. He majored in physics at the University of Redlands, where his father Elam was president. In 1943 he entered graduate school at UC Berkeley, where he was invited to join the Manhattan project. At the end of World War II he became interested in underwater sound. He enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles as a graduate student in physics in 1946. After a year in residence at UCLA, he joined the University of California's Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at Scripps, a small independent research lab in the UC system, where he and his buddies dreamed up and constructed sonar instruments that played a major role in anti submarine warfare. His research at MPL in the study of the deep scattering layer completed the requirements for a Ph.D., which he received in 1953. Dr. Anderson never really figured out which he liked better, solving tough theoretic underwater acoustics puzzles or building ingenious electronic sonar gizmos, so he did both. In the late sixties Dr. Anderson became a professor in the Applied Oceanography Department at the recently opened UCSD campus. Anderson was the recipient of the National Security Industrial Association's 1986 Admiral Charles B. Martell Technical Excellence Award for his work in the development of the DIMUS system. He also received the Navy's 1976 Distinguished Public Service Award. A fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Dr. Anderson had also been a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the National Research Council Committee on Navy Publications. When he retired, the ASA and IEEE both awarded him silver medals for his achievements. Victor and his late wife, Anne, founded InterOcean Systems, an electronics firm specializing in underwater oceanographic and environmental equipment and systems. InterOcean had its start in Victor's garage, where its early projects were developed on his workbench. After retirement, Vic and Anne opened Sandy Acres, a boarding and riding stable in Lakeside. Under their ownership, this stable supported the local REINS program, which provided 'horse therapy' to disabled children. REINS was but one of their many philanthropic involvements. For over 60 years Dr. Anderson was a pillar of the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church in San Diego, where he served as an elder, taught Sunday School, and led adult Bible study groups. He continued well into his eighties to work on projects for his church. Victor is survived by his three children, nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his brother Elam J. Anderson and seven nephews, all who appreciate his love, marvel at his life, and grieve his passing. Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 16th at the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd, San Diego, CA. In lieu of flowers, the Anderson family asks that friends consider making a contribution in memory of Victor Anderson to a .

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 14, 2012
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