Edward Andrusko of Boulder passed away last Sunday afternoon, October 27, at the age of 89. A Trisagion Greek Orthodox service will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church (5640 Jay Road, Boulder) on Monday, November 4, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a military service at Fort Logan National Cemetery that same day at 1:15 p.m. There will not be a viewing. Ed is survived by his wife, Gaynel, his son, Sergio Andrusko of Longmont, 3 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren of Colorado and Arizona.
Ed was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, in 1924. On his seventeenth birthday he joined the U.S. Marines. Ed wanted the travel, adventure, and education the Marine Recruiter promised. He served over 4 years in the U.S. Marines; 33 months were in combat during World War Two and included the Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu Campaigns. He was wounded in action three times. Ed fought alongside some of the greatest Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. On the day the war ended, August 10th 1945, Ed was one of the millions in the great Times Square celebration.
Ed married Eleanor Pallak in 1947. He attended New York Technical Institute of New Jersey, Radio and Television; the National Radio Institute, Radio and Television, in Washington, DC, and later the University of Colorado, Denver.
Ed enjoyed his work career which included Radio Corporation of America (RCA) from 1947 to 1959 in New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado; Martin Marietta Missile Company as a Missile Reliability Laboratory Technician; and Colorado Research Division, ITT Bell and Gossett, in Broomfield, Colorado. In 1963 and 1964 he worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver as a Medical Electronic Engineer, working on pacemakers and other hospital medical electronic equipment. He finished with a 28 year career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (previously National Bureau of Standards) in Boulder, Radio Standards Engineering Division. Ed was assigned the responsibility for maintaining accurate calibrations of specialized types of electrical standards for the military and civilian use. He also maintained the special test equipment and kept advancing the test equipment for the highest world quality and accuracy.
Ed enjoyed 15 years of volunteer work at Boulder Community Hospital and was awarded Outstanding Volunteer of the year. He became a freelance writer with many short stories and articles in a number of magazines, newspapers, and books. Most of his narratives are about the people and events that touched and shaped his life.