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CRAIG B. ANDREWS

ANDREWS CRAIG BUCK ANDREWS November 4, 1948 - July 12, 2013 Craig Andrews, aged 64, a mining specialist within the global minerals industry and the World Bank, passed away peacefully at his home in Fairfax, Virginia on July 12, 2013. Craig was born in Orange County, California and attended high school in Placentia, California. He earned a B.A. (honors) from Claremont McKenna College in 1970 and then served his country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa to 1973. On returning to Washington, Craig worked as a Research Assistant at the Smithsonian Institution (1973) and returned to Africa as an intern at the American Embassy, Kigali, Rwanda (1974), during which he completed an M.S.F.S. and graduated with distinction from Georgetown University, 1975. Craig continued his career as a Policy Analyst at the Carnegie Endowment, Washington, DC in 1975 and then as a Senior Economist, Louis Berger International, New Jersey 1975-78. He then transitioned to the role of International Business Development with BHP-Utah Minerals 1978-1992; working on several continents from his home in Paris. This was when he developed his love for mining, which lasted the rest of his career and life. Craig was recruited into the Oil, Gas and Mining Policy Unit of the World Bank in 1992 and retired in 2010 as Principal Mining Specialist. Among his colleagues, he was known as a gregarious friend with a huge heart and also as a fitness aficionado and aerobics instructor with the World Bank Fitness Center. During his World Bank career he exceled as a team leader for mining projects in Asia (Fiji, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia), Central and South Asia (Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan), Latin America (Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Nicaragua), and Africa (Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire). Craig was a global citizen who loved his work, the international travel and the countries he worked in. He has many friends around the world who will miss his energy, warmth and professional excellence. After retiring from the World Bank in 2010, Craig was a Guest Lecturer at Universidad de Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile and worked as an international consultant advising both governments and companies on policies and transactions to bring about more investment in mining. From 2010 to 2013 he undertook assignments in Ecuador, Vietnam, Nigeria, Mongolia, and Kyrgyz Republic. Craig was a founding member of the World Mines Ministries Forum 2000 - 2010 and served as a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Taxation Research; Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand. His most recent publication "How to "Get to Yes": The Practitioner's Guide to Negotiating Mining Investment Agreements - Lessons from Ecuador" was followed by a generous and significant financial donation to Victoria University to establish the Craig Buck Andrews PhD Scholarship which will provide support each year in perpetuity for a post graduate student to study the financial management of natural resources in developing countries. Craig lived life on his own terms. He loved the outdoors, fishing and became a bungee jumper in New Zealand. The cause of his untimely death was a brain tumor which he fought bravely for many months before leaving this world for the next. A Memorial Service to celebrate his life and many accomplishments will be held close to the World Bank at the United Church, 1920 G Street NW on Tuesday July 16 at noon with Reverends Pastors Donnell Jones and Warren Smith of Grace Covenant Church DC officiating. Burial at the historic Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas, VA will be conducted at noon on Wednesday, July 17. Craig was preceded in death by his parents Mark Alfred and Eleanor Andrews of Placentia California. He is survived by his partner in life, Matthew Andrews of Fairfax, Virginia; his sister Marsha Lynn Andrews of Placentia, California and formerly married to Francoise G.C. Geerebaret-Andrews of Yucatan, Mexico. Throughout his illness he was visited and contacted by a global community; all of whom appreciated his love of life through language, literature, cooking fine cuisine, and history and cared for him greatly. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Craig Buck Andrews PhD Scholarship Fund at Victoria University; by sending a check to his Executor W. Brad Clark Escrow Account, at 5431 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Suite # 101, Washington, DC 20015. Craig we will all miss you very much.Craig we will all miss you very much.


Published in The Washington Post from July 14 to July 16, 2013
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