James A. Anders, 69, a former executive of systems analysis and operations research companies in the Washington area, died June 8 at a nursing home in Dallas. He died of complications related to cancer and diabetes and of injuries suffered when he was struck by an automobile while crossing a street in Dallas on Feb. 20.
Mr. Anders was born in Philadelphia and moved to Washington as a teenager. He graduated from Anacostia High School in 1947 and served in the Army in Korea during the Korean War. He graduated first in his class at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1956, and he received a master's degree in engineering from Harvard.
He became an instructor in mathematics at the College of William and Mary, then in 1961 returned to the Washington area and settled in Springfield. He was director of planning and marketing for the Combat Operations Research Group and held executive positions with Melpar. He also had his own company, Anders Associates systems analysis. In the late 1970s, he relocated to Dallas, where for most of the last two decades he was southwest regional engineer for the American Institute of Steel Construction.
His marriages to Sarah, Ann and Janet Anders ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Anders of Dallas; three sons from his first marriage, James Anders Jr. of Alexandria, William Anders of Merrill, Mich., and Richard Anders of Nokesville; his brother, Andrew Anders of Skippack, Pa.; three stepchildren; and seven grandchildren.