Deceased December 23, 2020

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In Memory

Charlie Andrews died on Dec. 23, 2020, of congestive heart failure. He was born left-handed and was left-side-dominant all his life. (It was very important to him that this be noted in any memorial.) His wife, of 55 years, Connie, and their son, Patrick, survive him. Charlie was born in Middlebury, Vt., and spent his summers in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine. He insisted he remain a member of the class of 1961, despite his leaving Amherst for three years in the Army. He was a classmate of Stu Snyder ’61 and Bill Julavits ’64 at the University of Maine School of Law, after which he worked for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan and Presque Isle, Maine. He then moved his family to Reston, Va., where he worked for the AAA, retiring in 1998. His third career was as a bus driver for the Fairfax County Public Schools. This was his favorite job “of all time.” Asked how long he planned to drive a school bus, he replied: “Until they rip the steering wheel out of my clutching hands.” He retired in 2019!

Known as “Chuck,” he drove the difficult routes. He loved working with children, following them from elementary to high school. He coached a girls’ basketball team known as “Charlie’s Angels.” He was particularly fond of working on student plays and was noted for encouraging youths to take on roles that reflected their abilities, not their gender stereotypes.

Charlie’s sports knowledge was encyclopedic. He was also interested in politics and government and often listened to oral transcripts of Supreme Court cases. He was a very active member of the Emmaus United Church of Christ. Dream jobs he didn’t pursue were working on a railroad, being a substitute math teacher and being a truck driver.

Patrick Andrews and Paul Bracciotti ’61