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HYMAN--Andrew D. of Princeton, NJ, died on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. He was born on January 21, 1966 in New York City and grew up in Englewood, NJ. He was a graduate of Horace Mann High School, Columbia College, and Fordham Law School. He was the proud and loving father of Lily and Nathaniel and the former husband of Molly Chrein. Andy served in the Administration of President William J. Clinton, first as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and later as the HHS Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs. He later served as Government Relations and Legislative Counsel for the National Association of State Mental Health Directors. Andy joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2006, where he directed the Foundation's work on health coverage. Andy was a tireless champion of providing universal health care, especially to the poor and the underserved. Andy was a committed board member of HiTOPS, a Princeton-based organization promoting the health and well- being of young people through prevention, education, and support groups. He was also active in several philanthropic and Jewish organizations. Andy will be remembered for his passion for politics, his dedication to social justice, his deep love for his family and his wonderful sense of humor. In addition to his children, Andy is survived by his parents, Allen and Valerie Hyman of NYC, his brothers, Joshua of Englewood, NJ, and Jonathan of Los Angeles, CA, and their families. Andy was beloved by his family, friends, and colleagues. He will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in Manhattan at 3pm on Sunday, March 1. Memorial donations may be made in Andy's name to HiTOPS, 21 Wiggens St Princeton, NJ 08540.




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February 21, 2021
Catherine Hess
Coworker
February 21, 2019
May you have the comfort of your loving memories
Orna Shulman
Friend
March 30, 2015
Andy hired me as the first Senior Tribal Affairs Advisory at HHS in the Immediate Office of the Secretary, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. I will always appreciate his efforts on my behalf. I will always credit him for shining a bright light on the intergovernmental, health and human service needs of over 560 Indian tribal governments. In the January 2001 Consultation with American Indian and Alaska Natives report which he Co-Chaired on behalf of Secretary Donna Shalala and in partnership with Co-Chair Michael H. Trujillo, IHS Director, he acknowledged, "More than anything else, it represented the Department's (HHS)commitment to respect tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and self-government and to work with the tribes to bring health and prosperity to Indian country". His family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so glad to say that I knew him. Gena Tyner-Dawson
Eugenia Tyner-Dawson
March 30, 2015
Cynthia Henderson
March 20, 2015
Ann McMillan
March 19, 2015
I worked with Any years ago in the Department of Health and Human Services, battling to retain access to basic health services for undocumented immigrants and their families. I remember his wit, his commitment, his long bank of photos of his children. He was a true public servant and I am so saddened by hyou untimely loss.
Linda Sanches
March 18, 2015

I've never met Andy. I knew nothing about him until I mistakenly clicked on the RWJF website while looking for the RWJ Hospital site. Alongside Andy's picture I saw the words "we will not forget the lessons Andy taught us as we pursue his legacy of a healthier, more equitable societyone where a Culture of Health flourishes for everyone." Within a few minutes time I knew a little something about this man's compassion, his sense of humor, and his tireless work for the uninsured.

In April of 2014 I fell and injured my knee. I was a week away from completing my probationary period at my place of employment. My health insurance coverage was set to begin shortly. While in the hospital ER my lab work revealed that I have leukemia. My employment was terminated when I asked for a few more days to allow my knee to heal. My head was spinning with this new diagnosis. How was I going to be able to find treatment for cancer with no insurance?

I had read about the Affordable Care Act but I had never looked into the various plans that were available. I wasn't even sure if I would be eligible to purchase a plan. After reading the information on the healthcare.gov page I filed an application online. Within several months I was covered by health insurance.

I am profoundly grateful to Andy for his tenacity in working toward healthcare coverage for the uninsured. To his family, friends, and coworkers I extend my condolences. I too feel as though I have lost a friend.
Jacqueline Earley
March 16, 2015
To my beloved Valerie & Dr Hyman,
Words can never express my complete sorrow.....
All my love Sarah & Kevin Pieropan
sarah Scolforo
March 16, 2015
I wish I had known Andy better -- from what I did know, he was an exceptional human being. His compassion -- and his passion toward vulnerable Americans -- were palable. Yet at his most engaged, Andy didn't let anything but a bright attitude show.
I miss him. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.
Ed Howard
March 9, 2015
I just learned today about Andy's death, and am still in shock, as I am sure others still are. Its hard to add much to all that has been said in these comments, so I will just echo them. I worked with Andy as a grantee/national program office over the past seven years or so. He was an unusual combination - funny and with that great smile others have mentioned, but also always asking the hard questions and not letting anyone get away with the simple answers. He has left a hole in the universe. I am another who will miss him.
Catherine Hess
March 6, 2015
Dear Valerie & Allen,
My hygienist, Sherry, just informed me of your tragic loss. My heart goes out to you. There is nothing sadder than losing one's child, as I well know when I lost my brother, age 16.
There is no real healing, just a sadness that stays with you forever.
The guestbook posting indicate that Andrew was a very special person & will live on as an inspiration & role model to many, many people. He will be mourned & missed by many.
Ted West
The Villages, Fl.
March 5, 2015
Dear Valerie and Allen
My condolences to you and your family at this very sad time.
May Andy's memory be cherished.
orna shulman
March 4, 2015
Andy,
I hope you will find Erin in heaven and I hope you both get a ball and find a soccer field. You would be surprised how competitive she became since you coached her with Lilly, Liam, Carter and the other U5s back in Alexandria. Like you she also took up diving so you could also look for a pool with a diving well. Her face looked more serious than yours when on the board so perhaps you could help loosen her up a little.

I'll always remember how much fun you made those u5 soccer practices, even while Erin and Lily preferred to pick flowers over running drills on the field. You are one of a kind.
I wish much peace to your family and all who miss you.
Lisa Goldberg
Alexandria, va
March 4, 2015
Dear Allen and Valerie,
My sincerest condolences to you and the family. Andy contributed so much to public policy and was always willing to connect with fellow alums to advise about careers. May his memory be a blessing.
Fondly,
Ellen Smith
March 4, 2015
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Andy's death. I cannot imagine the sense of loss experienced by those closest to him and offer my sincerest condolences. Andy was compassionate and good company but not sentimental. His sharp, questioning mind and integrity combined with his compassion were what made him so effective.
Gene Lewit
March 3, 2015
Dear Allen and Valerie,I am sorry to hear of you tragic loss,please except my condolences.
Bill Skolnick
March 3, 2015
My favorite memory of Andy - the day we made prothetic hands together so that amputees worldwide may benefit (this was part of a staff retreat). Andy's lifelong efforts changed the world; his spirit and incomparable humor brightened my life. Andy, thank you for sharing your numerous gifts with all of us. (D. Herrera, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Denise Herrera
March 3, 2015
We're so sorry for the family's loss. Andy was a bright, inquisitive, engaging person and his light will be missed.

Anne and Paul Skalka
March 3, 2015
I'm so sad to hear of Andy's passing. I served on the board of HiTOPS with Andy and admired his compassion and his commitment. My sincere condolences to his family.
Jean MOses
March 3, 2015
Grantmakers In Health will miss Andy dearly. His commitment to health and equity inspired us and his imagination energized us. Through his vision, we grew as an organization. Our work will sustain his legacy.
Faith Mitchell
March 2, 2015
We are so sad to hear about Andy's passing, he was an extraordinary man with a big heart and will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Molly, Lily and Nathaniel and family.
Tina & Anthony LaPlaca
March 2, 2015
Andy was an extraordinary board member for HiTOPS. He asked hard questions with curiousity and compassion. He cared about the work, he cared about the staff. He used to write me emails after board meetings to let me know how well I handled things or to thank me for my patience. He brought wonderful people to the organization. He was generous with his valuable time and the board and I will miss him so very much. I am so sad and so sorry for this loss to his family, to his friends and to his community.
Elizabeth Casparian
March 2, 2015
I had the privilege of working with Andy in his NASMHPD days and briefly again after he went to RWJF. I especially remember his interest and commitment in help persons with health and mental health issues in the wake of of Hurricane Katrina. Andy was always a go to guy with a wicked smile and wit and went out of his way to be helpful in so many big and little ways. My condolences to Andy's family.
Marti Knisley
March 2, 2015
I love reading all of the entries from colleagues of Andy's. I was fortunate to call Andy my cousin. Andy was always interested in family and family history. He would ask questions about his great aunts and uncles, as well as the rest of his extended family ( and there were many). About 10 years ago, Andy and Molly made a trip down to Fort Lauderdale so his two young children could meet their 2 elderly aunts. What a special day for my mom. That was Andy!

Andy contributed to society but also to family members. I have great memories of Andy.Len and I are heartbroken over the news. We will miss him. Our love to Allen and Valerie and the rest of the family.
Elissa Mogilefsky
March 2, 2015
Andy was smart, funny, all heart and always so incredibly kind. We miss him very, very much.
Michael Gordon
March 2, 2015
Dear Valerie and Allen,

Dimitra Kessinides, through the dental office in Englewood, contacted me about the tragic news of Andrew's death. What a loss for you, your family and the people whose lives he worked to improve.

Please accept my deepest condolences.

Bob Stern
Robert Stern
March 2, 2015
I recall a recent discussion I had with Andy at RWJF about the Medicare/Medicaid challenges. He had the ability to digest a huge issue into a paragraph, helping others learn. Andy was kind and compassionate. All my thoughts and prayers to his family.
Janice Opalski
March 2, 2015
Condolences to Andy's family. Colleagues, friends, others touched by Andy's passion for justice and equity candor, insight, and humor miss his presence;We strive to carry those qualities forward.
Victor Capoccia
March 2, 2015
I worked with Andy at RWJF and had the pleasure of hearing his laugh and seeing that twinkle in his eye when he was fired up about something. I'll especially miss that laugh and the passion he brought to his work. RWJF will forever be changed as a result of it and his hard work. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends--I wish you strength during this time.
Sallie George
March 1, 2015
I did not know Andy well - but we had a couple of good conversations over the years at RWJF. Whenever we spoke, his passion for our work and his kindness were evident and memorable. He will be deeply missed; condolences to his children and family.
Linda Wright Moore
March 1, 2015
We will remember Andy has a wonderful classmate, bright, articulate and fun! We are so sorry to hear of his passing. He is in our prayers. Our deepest condolences to his family.
Suzanne O'Leary & William Mills
Suzanne O'Leary Mills
March 1, 2015
our thoughts are with you,our deepest condolences to `````Valerie and Alan with love from Jackie and Martin GreenLondon
martin green
March 1, 2015
I am filled with sorrow to hear of Andy's death as I am a friend and fan of both Andy and Allen. Andy and I worked together at HHS in the late 90's and then kept in contact through our mutual interests in and advocacy for health and mental health policy through NASMHPD and RWJF. Andy was smart, quick, insightful, and passionate with a wicked sense of humor. Andy made a positive difference in our Nation as he worked tirelessly and effectively to improve access to quality health care especially for the poor and vulnerable. He will be missed. My most sincere and deep condolences go out to Allen and Valerie and his children.
Ginna Betts
March 1, 2015
Andy was always so generous with his knowledge and his friendship, and I am grateful to have known him. I send my deepest sympathies.
Catherine Teare
March 1, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. May the God of loyal love bring you comfort during your time of sorrow. Hosea 13:14.
evelyn
March 1, 2015
Our hearts and soul are with you,Valerie and Allen
We love you and thinking about
you at this difficult time......
Aza and Jules
Jules Eskin
March 1, 2015
The sum of all the words describing Andy still fail to add up to the totality of this extraordinary man, and his warmth, wit, energy, vision, determination, impact, and humanity. Those lucky enough to have enjoyed his friendship may be at even more of a loss in search of the words to describe fully that real gift. How I wish there were words that could truly offer comfort at a time of such great loss.
Ralph Ibson
March 1, 2015
Dearest Valerie and Allen
May my warmest loving thoughts be with you in this unbearable ordeal and sorrow.
Ann Thaln-Dufour
March 1, 2015
"Got a few minutes? Quick question." Such was the regular message I will truly miss receiving every few weeks from Andy. Always nudging, ever inquisitive, deeply compassionate and thankfully for us, relentless in his quest for health and healthcare for all. Indeed Andy's work will touch and improve the lives of millions though only a fraction will know it. But for those of us who do,his light will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. Rest knowing you did really well by many Andy, and to your loved ones my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Liane Wong
February 28, 2015
Like his other colleagues at RWJF, I will always remember Andy's brilliant mind and passionate commitment to our mission. But I will also never forget the way that, when I - or anyone, really - needed help, he opened his heart: a heart bigger than the sky.
Ahhe Weiss
February 28, 2015
My responsibility was to work out budgets and funding with Andy, my privilege was to learn all about Coverage work from him. His passion and knowledge were matched only by his wit and incomparable humor. Sincerest condolences.
Marilyn Ernst
February 28, 2015
Like so many of Andy's RWJF colleagues, I will remember his brilliant mind, his passionate commitment to our mission and the way he always pushed us to be our best. But what I really will never forget was that in my own darkest hours, Andy opened his heart to me, a heart bigger than the sky.
Anne Weiss
February 28, 2015
More than anyone I know, Andy fervently believed in and practiced tikkun olam. He worked tirelessly to repair, to heal and transform the world in which we live. Honoring Andy's life is to recommit our efforts. My deepest condolences to his entire family. Be at peace my dear friend.
Sam Karp
February 28, 2015
I was fortunate to work with Andy at RWJF and was always impressed by his intelligence, humor, passion, and compassion. While his contributions to health care are remarkable, his engagement in other discussions, whether at a meeting or just during lunch, always made them better. I will remember how if a topic or discussion grabbed him, he kind of "lit" up, got a spark in his eyes, and you knew whatever came next was going to be good. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.
Angie McGowan
February 28, 2015
I was truly blessed to have a friendship with Andy over two decades that began during our time at HHS. Knowing Andy meant also knowing of his love for Lily, Nathaniel, Molly, his parents and brothers. I thank his family for sharing Andy with his hundreds of friends. I am grateful to Andy for his kindness, wisdom, humor and commitment to friendship. I join others in how much we will miss him and will forever has his family in my thoughts. Mary Beth Donahue
Mary Beth Donahue
February 28, 2015
My heart aches. Andy was a champion for those who needed champions. And he was such a pleasure - particularly at times when a laugh was just the right thing. We are all saddened by his loss. Farewell.
Howard Goldman
February 28, 2015
May the deep sadness of this time of mourning turn soon to warm memories of Andy. Andy's advocacy for access to insurance and integrated care for those too long shut out of benefits and effective treatment is a legacy that inspires us to carry on in his name. Please accept my condolences.
Danna Mauch
February 28, 2015
There are no words that can adequately express our sorrow for Andy's family. He made this world a better place. Please know you are held in love and light by the many people whose lives he touched.
Beth Toner
February 28, 2015
Love you always Andy.
April Koldys
February 28, 2015
Very sad to learn the news of Andy's passing. I met Andy when working on mental health advocacy issues together and I admired his true ability to lead with devotion. He was brilliant and his wit and smile were always enjoyed. I extend my prayers to his family.
Laurel Stine
February 28, 2015
When USA achieves a national healthcare system, Andy's life work and his progressive spirit will be in the cornerstone.
Sheldon Sturges
February 27, 2015
Andy worked hard to make a difference in this world by enhancing the ability of all people to get health care. He was a pleasure to work with and he will be missed. So sad and sorry he won't be with us longer.
Marsha
February 27, 2015
I didn't know Andy well during my four years at RWJF. But I do remember one time I came to present a web site plan at his meeting. Most people sit placidly through these things but Andy asked a bunch of very smart, very frank questions, and I loved that he did. I also remember a competition we had in which anyone at the Foundation could make a pitch for funding of any program. Andy didn't need to participate to raise his profile at the Foundation or get a footing in philanthropy. But he pitched anyway, and on a topic that wasn't his usual bailiwick. To me, that said he just plain cared. I wish I had known him better. Please accept my condolences for this terrible loss.
Josie Wilson
February 27, 2015
Andy always wanted better care for those with the least. He championed the poor and fought for health care for all. We will truly miss him in the battles ahead.
Diane Rowland
February 27, 2015
Heartfelt condolences to Andy's family. He was a leader in health philanthropy and a guide and role model for me. His work has borne fruit in health insurance coverage for so many today.
Jeanne Ryer
February 27, 2015
I send my deepest sympathies to Andy's family for their loss and am grieving in spirit with all of my friends and colleagues from my RWJF days who knew him. Even though I can't, at the moment, imagine this world without him in it, I am so grateful to have known him as a dear friend and as a tireless warrior for better health care. I suspect I am one of many who he inspired and who he brought into his enormous heart and we are all better off for having had the privilege of knowing him.
Minna Jung
February 27, 2015
Andy was a great guy and we all enjoyed working with him. Condolences to Dr. and Mrs. Hyman and the entire family. May his memory be a blessing. From the entire Columbia/Barnard Hillel family.
Brian Cohen
February 27, 2015
Andy was committed, engaged, and passionate about advancing the cause of health care for those in need. And he did it with charm. His dedication was exemplary, and he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
Emily Spitzer
February 27, 2015
My heart weeps for his family and I wish him peace. For his parents - there is nothing more painful - he was a good person who made a difference in his shortened arc. For his kids - you should be proud of him. He was loved by all of us.
bob crittenden
February 27, 2015
While I remember Andy as a dedicated program officer, committed to covering the uninsured, I also remember him as a jovial lunch companion entertaining us at the big lunch tables at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He had a winning smile, was a great story teller...and displayed a wonderful sense of humor. My heart goes out to his family and I hope the thoughts of his broad network of friends can provide the family some comfort. Let his memory be a blessing. Peggi Einhorn (Chief Financial Officer, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Peggi Einhorn
February 27, 2015
Andy was my friend and comrade on our journeya like-minded spirit who cared passionately and deeply about improving the health of all Americans. He was basically a brother to me. He cheered me up when things got tough. He helped us all persevere. Now, we'll have to figure out how to do that without him at our side. Right now, I honestly can't see how that's possible. I can do this though: hold his smiling, inquiring, intelligent face in my memoryhold it tight and never let it go. I miss you so much, Andy.
Mike Painter
February 27, 2015
Andy was an inspiration to all of us who worked in health philanthropy. I always looked forward to our chats because he was just so darn knowledgeable on all things health. He was a mentor to so many, including myself. There will always be an empty chair in the fight for coverage for all.
Richard Figueroa
February 27, 2015
A remarkable man who made huge and lasting changes for millions of people. Remembering his bright smile and quick laugh. Deepest condolences to his family.
Richard Sorian
February 27, 2015
Andy was a true friend and mentor to me. He taught me to keep working for what's right and to never give up. He was a remarkable person who care as much about the people in his life as the issues he worked on. I will miss him dearly.
David Adler
February 27, 2015
With his generous spirit, warmth, and drive, Andy stood out as a leader, colleague, and friend to so many. I feel fortunate to have known him and will truly miss him.
Lauren LeRoy
February 27, 2015
oour heartfeld condolences to you and all the family shirley/jay marks
February 27, 2015
Andy was passionate about improving the lives of others. Over his career he was able to translate that passion into results - leading to a historic expansion of health coverage and access to health care for our most vulnerable citizens. He was kind, thoughtful, intellectually curious and fundamentally a wonderful person. I am privileged to have known him.
Sabrina Corlette
February 27, 2015
Andy was a huge spirit and wonderful friend. His bright smile, great laugh and calling to make the world a better place will never be forgotten. Nor will the kindness he and his family showed me when I lost my own father suddenly in 1992. Hyman family, Molly, Lily and Nathaniel, may you be embraced and find comfort in his beautiful memory. My deepest condolences. Rest in power, dear Andy.
Jessica Tully
February 27, 2015
Hamakom yenachem etchem b'toch she'ar aveilei tzion v'yerushalayim -- May God comfort you, together with all mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Fran
February 27, 2015
We are so saddened to learn of the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
margy and lew steinberg
February 27, 2015
My deepest condolences to Andy's family and friends. We were colleagues at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a few years and he was not only a great leader but a genuinely kind man. He was dedicate to positive health and healthcare improvement in our country.
Fran Ferrara
Fran Ferrara
February 27, 2015
Andy was an heroic advocate for healthcare coverage for all at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His legacy is, in part, the millions of Americans who now have coverage under the ACA. He was deeply loved and admired by all who worked with him and for him. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.
Robin Hogen
February 27, 2015
I am so sad to hear about Andy -- have been sitting with my memories of him as a child. I send all my love and sympathy.
Nina de Gramont
February 27, 2015
Andy was a kind and generous man, a great colleague and a bright light much needed in this world,so sad.
Patricia Ford-Roegner
February 27, 2015
We will always love Andy for his kind heart and generous spirit. We will work to make the world a better place as he devoted his life to doing. I miss you, Andy. Melanie N.
February 27, 2015
Andy was one of the most passionate, caring, and committed people I've ever known. He had a profound impact on my life and career. It's hard for me to believe that someone who was so alive and in the moment is no longer with us. He will genuinely be missed.
Adam Coyne
February 27, 2015
What a loss. I remember making latkes together during our time in the Clinton Administration and smile as I remember the smells.
Margaret Cary
February 27, 2015
To all of his family and friends I am so sorry for this terrible loss. I knew Andy from Horace Mann. I was the manager of the soccer team he played on and he was so nice always made me laugh especially since I knew nothing about soccer. Then one summer we both stayed and did the summer program together and we were both cast as leads in the play they were doing. It was one of the best experiences in theater I ever had and I became so close with Andy. When the fall began we drifted apart as we went back to our own friends but he always brings a smile to my face. I went on to open a theater company. Such lovely memories
Audrey Hirsh Kaplan
February 26, 2015
What a great loss. I worked with Andy at HSS, kind, smart and a gift to the world.
Catherine Dodd
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