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                 pair of tank treads. It was soon modified so that it could be lowered to the seafloor by an armored cable, and the Ocean Research Buoy (ORB) was designed as its surface tender.
Anderson served as acting director of MPL in 1964, 1968, and 1974 and deputy director of MPL from 1976 until his retirement in 1989. He was Professor of Applied Physics and Information Science at the University of California, San Diego from 1968 to 1990, twice serving as department chair (the department since has been renamed Electrical and Computer Engineering). He designed a yearlong acoustics laboratory course that gave students experience with real world measurements and the reconciliation of experimental data with theory.
In 1976 Anderson received the Navy's Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award for non-Navy indi- viduals given for accomplishments with wide impact. He was a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and in 1992 received the ASA Interdisciplinary Silver Medal in
 Underwater Acoustics and Engineering Acoustics. Anderson was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Ocean Engineering Society and received their Distinguished Technical Achievement Award in 1989. He received the National Security Industrial Association's 1986 Admiral Charles B. Martell Technical Excellence Award for his work in the development of the DIMUS system.
Victor Anderson was a kind and generous person, always unassuming in his demeanor. He could perform uncanny feats when analyzing electronic circuits for errors; within moments he could point to the source of a problem that a team of engineers had spent days trying to solve. With his passing the underwater sound community has lost one of the seminal figures of the 20th century.
William S. Hodgkiss John A. Hildebrand
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