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Dr Wilton Thomas Anderson, Sr

Dr Wilton Thomas Anderson, Sr

Birth
Richland, Navarro County, Texas, USA
Death 15 Nov 2012 (aged 95)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 103783267 · View Source
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Wilton Thomas Anderson was the son of William Nix Anderson and Ruth Skipper.

Wilton graduated from Cherokee High School in 1933. He began his college experience in 1933 at Northwestern State University, in Alva, Oklahoma, and in 1938 earned a BS degree in economics and education. On December 10, 1938, Wilton married Gwendolyn Hollis. He pursued a Masters in Commercial Education and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1942. Wilton later completed his Doctorate in Education from the University of Colorado in 1953. After Gwendolyn passed, Wilton married Jacqueline Adair in September of 2002.

Wilton is survived by his wife, daughter, son, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gwendolyn, and sister Marguerite.

Known throughout his illustrious teaching career as an “Accounting Evangelist,” Dr. Anderson influenced the lives and careers of thousands of students, faculty members whom he recruited, and fellow accounting educators. Wilton taught at several colleges and universities including: Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, 1940-46; Bowling Green (KY) College of Commerce in 1946-47; University of Colorado, Boulder, 1947-57; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1960-1982, where he also served as the Accounting Department Chair; and the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, 1982-83. From 1957 through 1960, Wilton was Director of Education of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in New York, where he supervised the preparation and grading of the Uniform CPA Examination used in all 50 states.

In addition to his teaching assignments, Anderson’s professional memberships included the Oklahoma Education Association, American Accounting Association, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The American Accounting Association elected Dr. Anderson as national vice-president and later as president of that organization. He was a founder and organizer of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and organizer of the Oklahoma Accounting Educators Association.

During his career and afterward, Anderson received significant awards including Outstanding Teacher, OSU College of Business Administration, 1963, 1969 and 1970; as well as Outstanding Teacher, Oklahoma State University, 1970. He was the first recipient of the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award in 1973. In 1974, he was named as an Outstanding Alumnus Northwestern Oklahoma State University, and in 1978, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame. Finally, in October, 1999, he was named to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. Every year since 1979, the OSU School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business has honored outstanding graduates as Distinguished Alumni at the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet. This is event is dedicated to Dr. Wilton Anderson, the “founding father of the OSU School of Accounting.” It is the highest honor the School of Accounting can bestow on an alumnus.


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  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103783267
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Wilton Thomas Anderson, Sr (29 Nov 1916–15 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103783267, citing Alva Municipal Cemetery, Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .