Andre Deladrier

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DELADRIER, ANDRE, 93, died March 19, 2014 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. He was born in Brussels, Belgium and came to the United States with his parents in 1927. Andy graduated from Annapolis High in 1939, obtained a BS from St John's University, Brooklyn, NY in 1943 and earned a Masters in Education from Columbia Teachers College. He served as an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University 1947-1948, Assistant Professor at the Naval Academy 1948-1983 and then Professor from 1983 until retirement in 1989 from the Naval Academy. Andy started fencing at the age of nine. As a college student he became an All American in all of the three weapons. In 1942 he held the all time win record and was awarded NCAA Fencer of the year. He was the United States Masters champion in 1960 and served on the Olympic Rules Committee from 1964-1972. He was the Head Fencing Coach for both men and women in the 1960 Rome Olympics. He received the Presidential Award from President Reagan in 1988. Andy was past president of the Annapolis Civitan Club. During World War II Andy served as a Army Combat Engineer and as a French interpreter. He enjoyed golf, bowling and was an avid fisherman. His son Richard received a scholarship to Notre Dame and became an All American honoree and assistant coach to his father at the Navy. Andy was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Elizabeth who died in 2013. He is survived by his son Richard "RIP" of Chincoteague, VA, his sister Catherine Wray and her husband Tim of Annapolis, MD two nephews Arch and Adam Thistle and a niece Catherine Thistle. A memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday March 29, 2014 from 3-6pm at the Ginger Cove retirement Community 4000 River Crescent Drive Annapolis, MD Interment private at St Mary's Cemetery Annapolis, MD. Online condolences may be placed at

Published in The Capital on Mar. 25, 2014
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