Long-time Brenau faculty member and administrator Charles Larry Andrews died Monday, Nov. 2, at the age of 77. Atlanta native Andrews, who was the father of Chief Information Officer Chip Andrews, spent almost 40 years at Brenau. Starting as a biology professor in the late 1960s, he retired from the university in 2002 after serving as the dean of the Department of Mathematics & Science and vice president of administrative services.
He held a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. In Athens he met his future wife, Lucy Gordon Andrews.
Chip Andrews said that, despite a gruff demeanor, his father held a deep affinity for people. He recalls his encyclopedic knowledge of biology and World War II as well as his love of fishing.
“As an instructor, he was known to be tough but fair,” Chip Andrews said. “As an administrator, he was fiscally conservative and a good listener. I can’t think of anyone who would speak an unkind word about him. What better evidence is there of a life well lived?”
Funeral services will be held at Ward’s Funeral Home, 758 Main St. SW in Gainesville, Georgia, on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. The Andrews family will receive visitors at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Andrews requests donations be made to Brenau in his father’s memory. Those who would like to make contributions are asked to contact Matt Thomas at ude.uanerb@samohtm.