WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Colonel Dan E. Andrew, of Winston-Salem and formerly a longtime resident of both Park Ridge and Woodstock, died on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the age of 93.|
Dan lived with an uncommon zest for life, greeting friends and new acquaintances alike with a smile and firm handshake, and holding true to the ideals of integrity, honesty, love of family and love of country.
He was born in Nebraska in 1919, moving with his parents, R.O. and Lotta Andrew, to Woodstock in 1925. Dan earned his accounting degree at age 20 from the University of Illinois, where he was a member of the last ROTC class of the Army Horse Calvary. He served during World War II supervising the making of munitions, and returned to active duty again during the Korean War. He remained in the Army Reserve until 1979, leaving as a full colonel.
Dan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and held a variety of executive positions including working in his family's business – R.O. Andrew Co. in Woodstock. He also was an accountant for General Electric, headed the human resources and trust departments at Citizens Bank in Park Ridge, and ultimately served as CEO and chairman of Des Plaines National Bank. He and his wife, Lorena, moved to Park Ridge in 1970, and then returned to Woodstock following Dan's retirement in 1986. The two moved to Winston-Salem in 2000, where Lorena passed away following a brief illness.
Dan was named Woodstock's "Man of the Year" and was champion of the Woodstock Country Club, each three times. He was an active member of the Methodist Church and the Elks Club, and he led the drive to build the Woodstock swimming pool. Dan was especially proud to be chairman of the effort that resulted in the All-America City designation for Woodstock in 1964.
Dan and Lorena traveled widely, including taking several memorable trips to Mainland China when that nation was just being opened to U.S. visitors. A primary focus of his later years was maintaining close contact with his extended family and researching his genealogy over many generations.
Dan was very proud of his three children: Ray, a graduate of Woodstock High School (Susan), Lynne (Francis) and John (Lori), as well as his six grandchildren.
On Saturday, June 22, family and friends gathered at a graveside memorial service with military honors in Pfafftown, N.C. Memorial contributions may be made to the Forsyth County Mental Health Association, 1509 S. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
Memories may be sent to Lynne Andrew Dickerson, 155 Old Adobe Road, Los Gatos, Calif., or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in the Northwest Herald on July 21, 2013