Charles Anderson

1985 Hathaway-Ritter Distinguished Achievement Award

Charlie began his endeavors in mosquito control when he was hired by Dr. Hathaway in 1961 as a biologist in the New Orleans office of the LMCA. At that time, LMCA was activity engaged in survey and pilot control projects statewide to identify the principal breeding habitats and to demonstrate that mosquitoes could be controlled.

In 1963, Charlie became principal aide to the mosquito control experts doing surveys in Orleans, Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes. In early 1964, Plaquemines was the first parish to establish a district, and the search was on for a Director. Both top candidates for the job indicated that they wanted Charlie for Assistant Director. So, the parish hired him before they officially hired a Director. This made Charlie the first employee of a mosquito control district in the state of Louisiana.

He became Director of Plaquemines Parish Mosquito Control in 1965 after the resignation of Bob Barnett who left for Harris Country, Texas. During his tenure, the district pioneered aerial and ground ULV applications. In fact, it is believed that Plaquemines did the first full-scale aerial ULV application of Dibrom in the aftermath of Hurricane Betsy in 1965. In 1968-69, his program was one of the first to convert fully from thermal fogging to ULV ground application. He, along with Wil Schulte of St. Bernard Parish, worked together on this an published it in Mosquito News in 1970. Also, during this time, the two of them came up with the Teflon slides for droplet testing, which was published in Mosquito News in 1971.

In 1978, he left Plaquemines Parish and went to work with Zoecon Corporation as an entomologist providing technical assistance to mosquito control programs using the then new product Altosid. In 1981, he went to work for the state Health Department as Administrator of the Vector Control Program.

He served on the LMCA Board of Directors a total of 22 years, and served as President in 1984.

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