From the Rockford Register Republic 11/9/1945
Funeral service for William W. Ankerbrand, 47, former Superintendent of Rockford Public Schools, will be conducted Sunday at 3 p.m. (EST) in the Ridgewood, N.J. , Methodist Church.
Ankerbrand, who headed the Rockford school system from Aug. 1, 1935 until Aug. 1. 1937, died suddenly of a heart attack Thursday afternoon at Ridgewood, where he had taken a shool post last summer. After leaving Rockford he served as Superintendent of schools at yonkers, N.Y.
The Reverand Arthur H. Brown, pastor of the Ridgewood Methodist church, will officiate at Sunday's service and the Reverend Earle Scott, First Reformed church, Yonkers, will deliver the address. There will be Masonic services at the church.
Interment will be at Forest Hill cemetery in Philadelphia, Pa., on Monday.
Soon after his arrival in Rockford, Ankerbrand received world-wide publicity when, during an interview he said, "every pupil is deserving of a good looking school teacher.
Metropolitan newspapers and wire services picked up the quotation and soon distorted versions of it were appearing in publications all over the world.
Frequently a figure in school board controversies, Ankerbrand came to Rockford from Mansfield, O., to succeed Frank A. Jensen, who resigned as superintendent to head the Lasalle-Peru high school and junior college. It was during Ankerbrand's tenure as superintendent of the Rockford school system operated in the black financially for the first time since the depression.
Ankerbrand was attracted to Yonkers wealthy suburb of New York City by an annual salary of $9000 which was $3000 more than he received here.
Before coming to Rockford, Ankerbrand was superintendent of schools at Charleston, Ill., Athens, O., and Rocky River, Cleveland, O.
He was educated at Marietta, O. college, Ohio State University and New York University.
Surviving is his wife Neva Ray Ankerbrand.
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