David A. “Andy” Anderson

David A. “Andy” Anderson: TFS Interim Director (July 1 – December 31, 1948) David Adair “Andy” Anderson, chief of Silvicultural Research, took over as interim director of TFS from July 1, 1948, until a new director was appointed in early 1949. Born in Avoca, Pennsylvania on April 19, 1912, Anderson studied forestry at Penn State, receiving his BS degree in 1934. He first worked in Texas for the US Forest Service where he, together with Don Young, supervised CCC crews as they replanted the federal lands around Ratcliff on the newly-formed Davy Crockett National Forest. Andy joined TFS in 1936 as assistant forester to the forest protection chief in Lufkin. His duties were gradually changed to forest research and management phases. He was moved to College Station in 1939 and in 1941 was named chief of the Silviculture Research Department. Once a new director was appointed, Andy returned to his position as chief of silvicultural research, then completed his career with TFS as head of the Information and Education Department. He retired from TFS in 1974. Anderson served several terms as Mayor of College Station and, in 1949, was secretary for the Texas Forestry Association. He died May 31, 1984. The D. A. “Andy” Anderson Arboretum and Anderson Street in College Station are named in his honor.