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Dr. John Andromedas


Dr. John Andromedas
Anthropologist and Farmer
1933 - 2004
Dr. John Andromedas died June 19th at the Vestal Nursing Home in Endicott, following a long illness of cancer. A noted anthropologist and authority on genealogy, he received undergraduate and master degrees from Yale University and a doctorate from Columbia University, studying under the well known anthropologist, Margaret Meade, and later becoming her associate. He later taught genealogy at Fordham University, retiring in 1978 and turning to sheep farming in the Whitney Point Area. Dr. Andromedas was born in Englewood, New Jersey, on the 9th of February 1933. He was the only child of the late Nicholas and Barbara Andromedas - and was referred to as a League of Nations child because of his combined heritage of Greek and Scottish-English Czechoslovakian. Even so, Greek culture became the driving force in his life. He resided in and around the metropolitan area of New York City for all his early life. Following his college career he spent several years in the United States Army at NATO Headquarters. After discharge from the Army, he lived abroad for a number of years, both in Greece and helping to set up the famous Baghdad Museum. It was there that he met and worked with Prince Peter of Greece. After his father died tragically on a visit to Greece, he finally settled in America, and taught at Fordham University. He applied his interest in genealogy to his personal life, tracing back and documenting his heritage over 1900 years. In 1978, Dr. Andromedas moved from the New York City area with his mother, Barbara. Together for many years they farmed sheep in Whitney Point. His mother died in 1990 and he continued on his own, often with the help of his neighbors, to continue farming. His health began to fail in 2003.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, 12 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 1 Hellenic Circle, Vestal. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main St., Endicott, Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on June 21, 2004
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