Gertrude Anders, air controller, is dead at 69

May 26, 1991

A memorial service for Gertrude "Trudy" Anders, whose try-out for the Air Force led to female control tower operators during World War II, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Tagart

Memorial Chapel at the McDonogh School, 8600 McDonogh Road in Owings Mills.

Mrs. Anders died early Friday at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Perry Point in Perryville. The Towson resident was hospitalized there for about five weeks with pneumonia and a stroke, complicated by many years of illness with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

She was 69.

From her hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., the former Trudy Moulton enlisted in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps as soon as it was formed.

A superb athlete, she was teaching physical education in basic training when she was selected by the Women's Air Force as one of the first two women in the world to serve as a control tower operator.

The force wanted to see whether a woman's voice would carry sufficiently and to determine whether men would accept a woman's voice on the air.

The experiment was a success. It later led her to encourage her daughters to be anything they wanted.

It also led to meeting her husband, Marshall C. Anders, who was playing piano for the Army band stationed at Sedelia Air Force Base in Warrensburg, Mo. She was working the control tower there when she offered to help carry the band's instruments for a dance.

JTC They were married in 1947, soon after their discharges from the Army, and settled in his native Baltimore.

After time out to raise a family, with occasional part-time work in ,, department stores, Mrs. Anders put her aptitude for mathematics to use as an early computer programmer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland. She was forced to retire when her health deteriorated during the 1970s.

By then, Mrs. Anders had earned boxes full of trophies at her favorite athletic endeavors, bowling and dance roller-skating. She also was an avid Orioles fan.

She attended St. John's Huntingdon Episcopal Church, wher her husband was choirmaster and organist for many years.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Anders is survived two sons Paul Anders of Oella in Baltimore County and Alan Anders of New York City; a daughter, Viki Altomonte of Owings Mills; two sisters, Martha Taylor of Varysburg, N.Y., and Frances Delvin of Clifton Park, N.Y.; five brothers, Frederick Thomas Moulton of San Diego, Warren "Woody" Moulton of New Gretna, N.J., Nelson Moulton of Dallas, Robert Moulton of Boston and James Moulton Clifton Park; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested contributions to the Trudy Ander Memorial Fund at the McDonogh School, P.O. Box 380, Owings Mills, Md. 21117, where her husband is emeritus head of the music department.

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