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Andrew Sterling (Andy) Hess


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Andrew Sterling (Andy) Hess Obituary
Andrew (Andy) Sterling Hess

July 20, 1923 ~ May 23, 2015

Andrew was born in Abilene, Kansas in 1923. He was married 68 years to Dorothy Fields Hess. He was a devoted husband and father. They have three children, and five grandchildren. Andy attended the University of Kansas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington - B.A. Political Science, Graduate Studies University of Washington in Economics, Lt. (jg) United States Navy, C.O.U.S.S. Subchaser 1326, Pacific Theatre. Longtime member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity (KU). Founder and Director of Finance of Sterling Properties, LLC, a company that provides real estate management services, and owns and operates manufactured housing communities in Washington and Oregon.

Andy's public and professional career included being Manager Boeing Field - King County Airport, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) - Director Seattle Area Office, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Director Region 10, Washington Children's Home Society - President, and Washington State Representative and Senator (Seattle). As a Senator, wrote legislation and chaired interim legislative committee with 75 citizens statewide in a yearlong study of education in Washington. As a result, many improvements in education systems and operations and opened the way to a statewide system of community colleges. He served on the MHCW Board for several terms. Andy was appointed by the Governor to the Higher Education Coordinating Board established by the Washington Legislature, charged with an ongoing review of state higher education. Most notable result of these efforts was the establishment of new branch campuses for the major state universities offering a system of junior and senior level coursework, plus graduate degrees, greatly expanding availability and access statewide. He was a key figurehead in the placement of WSU Vancouver.

Andy was active in the Democratic Party. An avid golfer past member of Oregon's Seniors Tour, Royal Oaks Country Club and Rainier Country Club, he played and won a variety of local tournaments across the Pacific Northwest.

Awards

Bishop's Cross - Episcopal Diocese of Olympia

Edwin Pratt Award -

Seattle Urban League

Distinguished Service Award -

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

The family would like to thank all those who have expressed their sympathy and condolences, a private service was held in his remembrance of him.

A friend said it best, "Andy has been elected to a higher office -

helping God try to straighten out this mixed up world. If anyone can do it - Andy is the one." This truly speaks to Andy's character in life.
Published in The Seattle Times from June 4 to June 5, 2015
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