Football, track great Anderson dies

William C. “Mickey” Anderson, a member of USC national championship football and track teams in the 1930s and 1940s, died late last month in Orange County, the school announced Thursday. He was 93.

Anderson, a four-year letter-winner at quarterback and fullback for the Trojans, also ran on a world record-setting sprint relay team at USC. He was on the 1938 national championship USC squad and sprinted on three straight NCAA-title winning track teams, captaining the team for one season.

He trained for the 1940 Olympics while at USC but couldn't compete because of World War II.

Before attending USC, Anderson attended Muir Tech in Pasadena, where he was the California state 100-yard dash champion in 1936. After graduating, he was in the Army for four years and then became a coach and teacher. As a football coach, he was the JV head coach at Pasadena City College and the head coach in Pasadena High in 1948 before going back to PCC and working as a head coach, and assistant and track coach for several decades.

He retired in 1980 after teaching for 35 years. Anderson is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sue, sons Mike, Chris, Rich and Peter, four grandchildren and a great grandchild.

Services are pending.