Eric Andrew Andreasen, 45, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died suddenly on July 22, 2014.|
He was born Dec. 8, 1968, in DeKalb, and graduated from DeKalb High School in 1987. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from University of Washington-Seattle, and earned Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in toxicology. Eric completed postdoctoral positions at the University of Colorado in Denver and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon with Dr. Robert Tanguay. For the past eight years, Eric was employed as a toxicologist at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring.
Eric was a beloved son, brother, uncle, friend, colleague and neighbor. He was known and admired for his scientific excellence, compassion, friendliness, dry wit, and his love of the outdoors. A lifelong athlete, Eric grew up swimming for the DSCT and DeKalb High School Swim team, and then hiked, ran, scuba dove and biked as an adult. He enjoyed adventures and travel with friends and family. Throughout his life, Eric avidly followed the DeKalb Barbs and NIU football teams.
Eric is survived by his parents, Haakon and Carol Andreasen of DeKalb; siblings, Sara and Steve Hopkins of Newton, Iowa, Amy and Roger Ochs of Dallas, Texas, Karl Andreasen and Cynthia Strand of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Elsa and Robert Glover of DeKalb; and nephews and nieces, Anders and Peder Hopkins, Lyle and Lars Ochs, Nils, Finn and Liv Andreasen, and Nickolai and Julia Glover.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 2, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeKalb. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Silver Spring. Burial will be in Carlton, Minnesota.
Published in Daily Chronicle on July 30, 2014