Clayton C. Anderson
NASA Astronaut (FORMER)
PERSONAL DATA: Born February 23, 1959, in Omaha, Nebraska. He considers Ashland, Nebraska, to be his hometown. Married to the former Susan Jane Harreld of Elkhart, Indiana. They have two children: a son, Clayton "Cole, " and a daughter, Sutton Marie. Anderson's mother, Alice J. Anderson, and father, John T. Anderson, are deceased. Susan's parents are Jack and Mary Harreld of Bella Vista, Arkansas. Recreational interests include: officiating college and high school basketball, participation in all sports, coaching youth sports, flying, reading, writing music, playing the piano/organ and vocal performance. As an undergraduate, he competed on the football, basketball and track teams.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Ashland-Greenwood High School, Ashland, Nebraska, 1977; graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Hastings College, Nebraska, in 1981; and received a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 1983.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member, Association of Space Explorers; Member, Hastings College (Nebraska) Board of Trustees; High School basketball official, Texas Association of Sports Officials; former men's college basketball official: Red River Athletic, Southern Collegiate Athletic, Heart of Texas, Lone Star and Texas/New Mexico Junior College Athletic Conferences; Johnson Space Center Employee Activities Association: Vice President of Athletics (1987 to 1992); Clear Lake Optimist Club, past president and vice president; Alpha Chi National Scholastic Honor Society, Hastings College, Hastings Nebraska (1980 to 1981).