Dr. Edwin Andrews, 79, of Rexford, NY, formerly of Schenectady, NY, passed away peacefully Friday, January 26, 2016 at Ellis Hospital, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Ed was born on August 3, 1936 in Wellsboro, IN to Vera (Dye) and Clyde Andrews. The youngest of four, he always had a spirit of strength to do well. While at Portage High School, Ed played drums in territory bands and formed his own seven-piece dance band with fellow students. After graduation, Ed worked at Gary Sheet and Steel Mill, and quickly decided this was not to be his life. He matriculated as a "local" at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, playing dance jobs and working at a men's clothing store to help finance his education. Here, he met his future wife, Beverly Kohler, in marching band. He always gave her credit for helping him become a "real" student. He went on to earn his MA and Ed.D. in American History at Ball State University. Early in his career, he had stints of teaching and administration at Buffalo State College and Genesee Community College in Flint, MI, where he worked with auto-makers and UAW officials to institute college programming for union stewards. These led to a position as Dean of Faculty at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, NY. While at SCCC, Ed fostered a program of articulation with Crane Music School, enabling SCCC music students to be automatically accepted into Crane, upon their graduation. In 1977, he became Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Cobleskill College, SUNY, in Cobleskill, NY, from which he retired in 2000. At Cobleskill, Ed was responsible for establishing the Living Learning center for reading skills. At every juncture of his life, Ed maintained his percussion skills, enjoying his avocation as member of various small jazz groups wherever he lived. In 1975, he joined John Park, Ron Partch and Jan Eisen as a member of Sophisticated Jazz, which performed around the capital region for almost 15 years. Ed is predeceased by his parents; his son, Stephen, in 1984; and brother, Clyde Elton of Michigan City, IN. In addition to his wife of 55 years, Beverly; he is survived by his daughter, Jennifer and her husband, John McKenna; and grandchildren, Thomas and Abigail. Also surviving are his sister, Allene Welkie of LaPorte, IN, sister Jane (Sandor) Szoke of Valparaiso, IN; sister-in-law, Sharon (Kale) Fischer of Ft. Meyers, FL; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service which will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Gleason Funeral Home. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schenectady. Memorial contributions can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
) or to a charity of one's choice
Published by The Daily Gazette Co. from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2016.