Ross Lester Andrews
Ross Lester Andrews, 39, died unexpectedly Friday evening while running on a trail he loved near Steep Hill Creek above Yates Mill Pond in Raleigh. A native of Charlottesville, VA, Ross was an environmental scientist, educator and poet. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, where he was a member of the NC Fellows Program and the UNC marching and concert bands. He completed graduate education at NC State University, earning a Master of Science Degree in Soil Science and a Master of Forestry Degree, and he was a certified NC Environmental Educator. Ross was the Executive Director of the Center for Human-Earth Restoration, a non-profit he co-founded based in part on a belief that if people expand their connection to the Earth, they will find deeper joy in time outdoors and, in turn, will protect the Earth and live with it wisely.
Ross's lifelong love of nature grew from Boy Scout camping and backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and canoeing in rivers near Charlottesville. He began writing poetry under the great oaks and poplars of the UNC campus, and in 2008 he published a book of poems entitled, "Wild Peace". Ross and his fiancée Wendy had just begun to make their home together in the bucolic community of New Hill. Ross was devoted to his 7-year old daughter, Naomi, with whom he shared his deep love for spending time in nature and for dancing.
Surviving are his fiancée, Wendy Sarratt of New Hill; his daughter, Naomi Sequoia Andrews of Raleigh; his father, Lester Andrews of Charlottesville, VA and his wife Barbara; and his brother, Scott Andrews of Reston, VA and his wife Allison, as well as other much-loved relatives and friends. Ross was predeceased by his mother, Marjorie Andrews.
Friends will be received 3:00-6:00 PM Saturday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 396 West St. in Pittsboro. A memorial service will be held on November 16 at a site to be determined in the Raleigh area. Gifts in Ross's memory may be made to the Center for Human-Earth Restoration, centerforhuman-earthrestoration.com
or Triangle Land Conservancy, triangleland.org