1920 - 2013
1920 - 2004
James D. Andrew was born in Lakewood, Ohio, on January 8, 1920, the third child of Dudley Andrew and Anna Grebe. He attended St. Clement's grammar school, Cathedral Latin High School, and Case Institute of Technology. General Electric hired him out of college, just as he was engaged to Lois Jeannette Zurlinden of Cleveland who would share his life for sixty-two years, Although Pearl Harbor intervened, they were married January 24, 1942. He was sent on assignment to Nevada to work on the final stages of the construction of Boulder Dam.
Children and new job assignments followed in quick succession as a growing family moved to Evansville, Cincinnati, Schenectady, Dayton, Detroit, and Adrian. In 1953 Jim drove Lois, Patricia, Dudley, Paul, and Russell from Michigan to southern California on Route 66, making a memorable side-trip to the Carlsbad Caverns. Jim had been hired by Douglas Aircraft Corporation, where he proved himself by contributing substantially to the design of the electrical system of the DC-8. He rose to high office in the Aircraft Electrical Society, serving as president for a time. Then came the aerospace boom and a series of exciting jobs at Space Technology Laboratories in Canoga Park, Planning Research Corporation in Westwood, and finally TRW in Redondo Beach. He specialized in communication and encryption, which made much of his work top secret. However, a memorable and highly public moment occurred in 1972 when the Mariner spacecraft orbited Mars, sending back the first pictures from any planet-at 4 bits of information per second! Jim, in charge of that transmission, stood in the big room at Jet Propulsion Laboratories as the screen gradually filled in with the image of Mars. Given the intensity with which he pursued his occupation, many were surprised when at age 60 he opted to retire, although for years he accepted requests to serve as consultant.
(Left to right): Dudley, Phil, Marcia, Patricia, Annette, Mark, Paul, Russ
In their Pacific Palisades home his family had first doubled in size (Mark, Annette, Marcia, and Phil followed their older siblings through grammar school at Corpus Christi), then gradually dispersed around the globe. Jim had kept up with their exploits and troubles, and maintained a close tie to Corpus Christi parish, where for a time he served as chief lector and taught for the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. He also recorded technical books for the blind and coached little league. Despite these obligations, his retirement had left him untethered so that he and Lois could travel to Greece, Spain, France, England, Mexico and Japan, often meeting up with their children. When at home, Jim slowly sank into the temptation and frustration of golf. Much of his time and attention went to bettering a modest game. Did this really precipitate his move to Solana Beach where he and Lois joined the country club? Although the course's challenges often thwarted him, those of his new house were no match for his handyman skills. He and Lois loved their new environment and were welcomed by the parish at Saint James and a wealth of friends in the area.
These prosperous years reached a glorious plateau on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary, kicked off by a carefully orchestrated surprise family reunion in Iowa during a snowy Christmas and culminating in a party at Lomas Santa Fe country club early in 1992. Then, despite a regular regimen of exercise, came the blow of a serious stroke that completely incapacitated him from 1994 on. Although confined to a bed and wheelchair in the den, he saw and heard everything around him and interacted in his inimitable way with his wife, his son Phil and family living nearby, his two caretakers, and all the visiting children and grandchildren who regularly passed through. For ten years he remained in an unchanged state, but never lost his sense of humor or his affectionate feelings for his family that grew up around him, including twenty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Then in the spring of 2004 his body quickly failed and he died peacefully, with his wife and son Russell at his side, on June 18. Twenty-five members of his immediate family gathered to remember him and then bury him at the Mission of San Luis Rey.
The entire Andrew family celebrates the legacy ofJim/Dad/Grampy
His wife: Lois Andrew
His brother and his wife: Charles and Ann Andrew
His children and their spouses: Patricia and Antonio Andrade, Dudley and Stephanie Andrew, Paul and Kyoko Andrew, Russell and Deborah Andrew, Mark and Debra Andrew, Annette and Tom Lesher, Marcia and Ramon Camacho, Philip and Michele Andrew
His grandchildren and their spouses: Brigid Andrew and David Johnson, Javier Andrade and Brenda Robles, Nell Andrew and Gregory Smolik, Harvey and Nuchanart Andrew, Carlos Andrade, Xanat Andrade, Kevin and Esia Andrew, Todd Andrew, James Andrew, Martin Andrew, Rebekah Lesher, Nina Andrew, Sarah Lesher, Liam Andrew, Caleb Lesher, Kyla Andrew, Jacob Andrew, Xochiti Camacho, Ivan Camacho, Kellen Andrew
And his great grandchildren: Jensen Andrew, Maria Andrade, Kylie Andrew
Lois Andrew passed away peacefully at home on August 16, 2013. She was 93 years old. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1920 to Cyril and Hazel Zurlinden, she was known as "Sister" to three older brothers.
While attending Ursuline College, she met James Andrew whom she married six weeks after Pearl Harbor. An itinerant life began with Jim, an electrical engineer: Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Schenectady, Dayton, Detroit, and Adrian. After this decade during which she had four children, they moved in 1953 to Southern California.
In Pacific Palisades Lois brought four more children into the world, keeping herself and Corpus Christi school bustling. Somehow, though preparing three meals a day for this sizeable family, she also worked as an executive secretary at Citizen America in Santa Monica.
After 35 productive years in the Palisades, she and Jim retired to Solana Beach where new friends and St. James parish greeted them.
Wonderful visits with children around the world were curtailed by Jim's stroke. For ten years until his death in 2004, Lois cared for Jim, in every sense, with breaks for memorable family gatherings in Ireland and France and around the US.
Sporting the codename, "Piemaker," she welcomed social occasions, but took equal glee in completing the daily crossword by herself. In her final years she enjoyed a special bond with the family of her nearby son, Phil, and with her caregiver Miriam Bravo.
Lois is survived by her children who were all with her at the end: Patricia (Antonio) of Mexico City, Dudley (Stephanie) of New Haven, CT, Paul (Kyoko) of Ibaraki, Japan, Russell (Deborah) of Paso Robles, Mark (Debra) of Aurora, CO, Annette of McKinleyville, CA , Marcia (Ramon) of Forest Grove, OR, and Phil (Michele) of Encinitas. Twenty grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren will carry her beauty, energy, and great goodwill into the future.
She was interred next to her husband at Mission San Luis Rey on Thursday, August 22nd, at 10:30 a.m.