Andreotti, Eugene "Gene", 82, of Lighthouse Point, died Friday, July 28, 2006 in Fort Lauderdale. He is survived by his high school sweetheart Betty June whom he married in 1944; his son Peter and his wife Carolyn and granddaughter Charissa of San Francisco; grandson Matthew Murray and his wife Susanna and great-grandsons Lee Andreotti and Forest Mickelson of Charleston, South Carolina; his granddaughter Lauren Andreotti Murray of Dallas, Texas; and stepmother Joan Andreotti of Cedar Lake, Indiana. He was a devoted father to his daughter Susan Andreotti Murray who passed away March 13, 2006. Born in Carlinville, Illinois, Gene served as a First Lieutenant in the Army in the Pacific during World War II, then graduated from Purdue University in 1948. He had a distinguished career in the Powder Metallurgy Industry, spanning three decades. As an owner of multiple patents in the field, Gene was Founding President of the Metal Injection Molding Association, a founder and CEO of New Industrial Techniques in Coral Springs, a Trustee of the Center for Powder Metal Technology and Governor of Metal Powder Industries Federation, receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the Federation in 1985. An active member of the South Florida business community and Chamber of Commerce, Gene was a co-founder of the Broward Community Blood Center in 1975 and a Director of the Community Blood Center of South Florida. In different capacities until his death, Gene's mind, always curious and exploring, led him down many pathways as a craftsman and designer, including jewelry, golf, gardening and computers. His crystalline blue eyes, brilliant smile, compassion, and a unique sense of humor were unmoved by the passage of time and will be missed by four generations of family. KRAEER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, Pompano Beach, Florida, (954) 946-2900.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 6, 2006