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Autumn 2000
"Fantasy Will Set You Free"

Celebrating the life of History Professor John A. Andrew III

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A Teacher's Passing
An editorial from the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

Remembering John Andrew
By Meg Gerstenblith '99 from the College Dispatch




"He was known by students as way cool," said Maria Mitchell, professor of history.

The distinguished professor and former Lancaster city Democratic party chairman died early November 6 of natural causes. John Andrew was 57 and is survived by his wife, Rosanne.

At a memorial service held Nov. 8 at noon, the sounds of Andrew's favorite songs, including "Stairway to Heaven" and "Piece of My Heart," filled Franklin & Marshall's Barshinger Center. According to his son-in-law, David Frandina, Andrew "loved his rock-and-roll, and he loved it loud."

Along with stacks of documents and shelves of books used in his research, posters of the Rolling Stones and a tie-dyed mousepad decorated Andrew's office. An email from Andrew always contained a quote from Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride"--"fantasy will set you free." His seminar on the Vietnam war was one of the most popular among history students.

Andrew was the auther of a number of books, including The Other Side of the Sixties: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of Conservative Politics, which won the Outstanding Academic Book designation from Choice magazine.

He began his F&M teaching career in 1973, becoming an associate professor in 1980 and full professor in 1990. He was long-time chairman of the American Studies and Africana Studies programs and chaired the history department at the time of his death.

In the last few years, Andrew was trying to document how the Internal Revenue Service was used as a tool to audit conservative groups that were unfriendly to the government in the 1960s.

Beyond the F&M campus, many in the Lancaster community also mourned Andrew's death. He was active in his church and as a coach and referree for local soccer teams. He was also highly involved in local politics.

Andrew stepped down as Democratic party chairman in 1994, after six years in the post. He presided over an extraordinary period of revitalization for city Democrats.

During his tenure, city Democrats won control of City Council and elected the first Democratic mayor and State House representative, Michael Sturla, in two decades.

Sturla attended the memorial service and spoke highly of Andrew's support and involvement in the recent election, which Sturla said were among the only reasons he won the vote.

"I have to believe that all political junkies go to heaven and that right now, God is learning a little bit about politics," said Sturla.

According to those who loved him, Andrew left a strong imprint on the lives of all those who had the fortunate opportunity to know him. "We are better for John Andrew being there and we thank God for it," said College President Richard Kneedler '65.

Born in Wellesley, Mass., Andrew was the son of John Andrew of New Hampshire and the late Deborah Marston Andrew.

Surviving in addition to his wife and father are a son, John F. of New Jersey; a daughter, Lea Andrew, married to David Frandina, of New Hampshire; and two brothers, Mark and Bruce, both of New Hampshire.

Courtesy Cindy Garner of the College Reporter




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