Lawrence D. "Andy" Anderson is a retired manager for the Federal Aviation Administration and lives with his wife, Shirley, and their border collie, Doc, on their acreage in Graham, Pierce County, Washington. Andy graduated from the University of Puget Sound before serving as a Naval Officer. He later earned a Master's degree at Pacific Lutheran University. He has two children and four grandchildren.
The history of the Graham and Kapowsin area has been his passion for over four decades. In the 1970s he began collecting oral histories from people locally and in other parts of the country. Many were the first generation born in the area and could recall, first hand, events reaching back to the turn of the last century. Collecting images and records of early events and people is a hobby he pursues to this day.
Active in local and regional history, Andy is past president of the South Pierce County Historical Society and served as member and president of the Fort Nisqually Advisory Board. He also participated in the Graham Community Plan process, helping preserve the area's historical record. His travels have taken him across America and Europe in search of the past. An avid genealogist for forty years, his research has enabled him to find and return to the villages of his ancestors in Denmark and Italy.
His many interests include his family and friends, vegetable gardening, scarce and collectible books and ephemera, travel of all sorts, standing on the many summits of Mt. Rainier National Park and wandering the great trails of the early explorers.