Neal Andrew, Jr 86, died on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Epsom Healthcare Center in Epsom, NH, surrounded by his loving family and his wife of 63 years, Betty.
Born in Canaan, NH on September 11, 1925 he was son of Neal and Blanche (Dustin) Andrew, Sr.
He was Deputy Commissioner of Education for the State of New Hampshire.
Dr. Andrew earned his undergraduate Bachelor's Degree in 1951 and his Master's Degree in 1959 from UNH. In 1964 he took his family to Columbus, Ohio where he attended Ohio State University earning his PHD. He taught vocational agriculture, science and mathematics at New Boston High School in NH from 1950-1955. From 1952-1955 he was the Teaching Principal for the Elementary and High School in New Boston.
From 1955-1966 he was the State Director of Distributive Education and State Director of Agriculture Education for the State Department of Education. From 1966-1976 he was the Chief of Vocational Technical Education for the State Department of Education. He was instrumental in developing secondary and post secondary vocational programs throughout New Hampshire. From 1976-1985 he served as Deputy Commissioner of Education for the State of New Hampshire.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Concord, where he held several offices. He was a member of the Canaan Summit Masonic Lodge. He was also a World War II US Army veteran and from 1943-1946 he served with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy.
In 1948 he married his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Williams and they went on to live in New Boston, Canterbury, Concord and Chichester. Neal enjoyed traveling with his wife and dog in the RV, throughout the 49 US States and many Canadian Provinces. He also enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, attending countless games, plays, concerts, recitals and other family events with joy. Neal loved New Hampshire and had a deep and abiding commitment to education in the state of New Hampshire.
Survivors include his wife Elizabeth of Chichester; two sons, Wallace Neal Andrew and his wife Carol of Enfield and Warren Dustin Andrew and his wife Jane of Bow; two daughters Serena Andrew Levine and her husband Jeffrey of Derry and Abbie Jean Andrew and her partner Laurie Grace Sullivan of Grafton, NH;; twelve grandchildren, Meaghan Elizabeth Wilson and her husband Geoffrey, Jonathan Davis Andrew and his wife Amanda, Benjamin Mason Andrew and his wife Vanessa, Jillian Ballentine Andrew, Christopher Warren Andrew, Jessica Lynne Lyon and her husband Seth, Nathan Francis Andrew, Joshua Davis Andrew, Jeffrey Paul Andrew, Kailey Jane Andrew, Rachel Elizabeth Levine and Eliana Marjorie Levine; and three great grandchildren Emily, Samuel and Paul Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his three sisters, Ruth Lester, Marion Pauling and Barbara Austin.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011 from 5pm-8pm at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N Main Street, Concord. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 2pm at First Congregational Church, 177 North Main Street, Concord. Interment will take place at Canaan Street Cemetery, in Canaan, NH at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational Church, 177 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301.
The Bennett Funeral Home of Concord is in charge of the arrangements.
Arrangements under the direction of Bennett Funeral Home, Concord, NH.