MATHIS, Dr. Andrew Gladden 90, husband, father, psychologist, minister, brother, son, adoptee, rancher, vintner and friend, passed from this world on Aug. 19, 2014. He was born in Poona, India to Church of the Brethren missionaries Andrew Guy Butterbaugh and Bertha Bell (Lehman) Butterbaugh. Upon the deaths of both his parents, he was adopted by Jefferson Hall Mathis and Cordelia Mae (Burton) Mathis in 1932. He was raised on farms throughout the Midwest and followed his two minister fathers into a life of service and love of humanity. He was a conscientious objector during WWII, volunteering for alternative service with the National Service Board for Religious Objectors. After his graduation and ordination from Manchester College and marriage to Caryl Denlinger in 1946, they both served in Castaner, Puerto Rico with the Brethren Volunteer Service. He graduated from the University of Chicago, with a PHD in education. In 1958 he became Director of the Florida State Mental Health Clinic in Fort Pierce, FL, where he might have remained employed were it not for his public announcement that the clinic was open to all races and creeds. He was in practice as a clinical psychologist in Tampa from 1962 to 1996. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Mathis taught psychology and human behavior at Northwestern University Medical School in Illinois and psychology at the University of South Florida. He also conducted research with the National Training Laboratory on Human Relations Training in Bethel, ME. He was a rancher in Florida, raising cattle and grapes on his farm. He was preceded in death by his brother, Beryl Butterbaugh and four sisters, Vila Barnhart, Ione Stewart, Wilma June Foster and Mary Darlene Smith. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Caryl Denlinger Mathis; daughters, Mary Joan Mathis (Timothy Hess), Cindy Kay White (Edwin); son, Michael Jeff Mathis and his partner Dr. Phyllis Sirotta Feldman; four grandsons, Edwin Mathis White, Andrew Charles White, Jefferson Andrew Mathis and Michael Bailey Mathis. A memorial service will be held 7pm, Thursday, Sept. 4th with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home- Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa 813-968-2231. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heifer International in memory of Andrew G Mathis. Online condolences may be expressed at blountcurrycarrollwood.com.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 24, 2014