|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1920|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 2011|
ANDREWS, William Page, 90, of Richmond, passed away November 18, 2011. He was the son of the late Henry Ward and Elsie Giles Andrews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Gayle Murphey Andrews, and is survived by his children, Betty Andrews Strohecker (Tom), of Virginia Beach, William Page Andrews Jr. (Jane), and Ardis Andrews Hall; three grandchildren, T. Craig Strohecker (Patti), Danielle S. Gonzalez (Oscar), and Gilbert Page Hall; three step grandchildren, Russell McCallum (Wendy), Alex McCallum (Dawn), and Allison Moore (Thomas); two great-grandchildren, Savannah Strohecker and Julian Gonzalez; and four step great-grandchildren, Madison and Kegan McCallum, and Jackson and Sophia Moore.
Mr. Andrews was born December 23, 1920, and grew up in the southside Richmond community of Oak Grove. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1937. He attended the following institutions of higher learning: University of Richmond (B.S., Chemistry, 1941), Virginia Polytechnic Institute (M.S., Chemistry, 1942), University of Buffalo (war course in explosive chemistry), and New York University (war course in meteorology, M.S. equivalent). He was knowledgeable in both German and Spanish.
He entered the U.S. Navy during WWII (January 1944) and was stationed primarily in the Pacific on the island of Peleliu, where he served as a commissioned officer, Lieutenant (jg), in aerological (meteorological) reconnaissance, flying in and out of typhoons to report weather conditions. He was honorably discharged after the war and awarded the Air Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the American Theater Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific medal.
Following the war, Mr. Andrews worked for six years for E.I. DuPont de Nemours as a Chemical Engineer in the Film Department's Cellophane Technical Section and developed the first polyethylene-coated cellophane. He later was employed by Reynolds Metals Co., where he worked for 33 years, retiring in April, 1982, after serving the Company in various capacities and holding such positions as General Director of Packaging Research and General Manager of Quality Assurance for the Packaging Division.
After retiring from Reynolds, Mr. Andrews formed Page Andrews Consultants (PAC), through which he continued to serve the business community by applying his vast technical expertise to resolve various manufacturing problems in a number of industries. In the course of his employment he was fortunate enough to be able to travel extensively in the United States and overseas, especially Europe and Asia.
He was a member of Manchester Lodge #14, A.F.&A.M. His avocations over the years included Sunday-school teaching, sports (tennis, golf, softball, bowling), painting and drawing (pastel portraits), and public speaking.
He was loved immensely by his family and friends and will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to come within the compass of his life. He will be remembered as a caring and generous man; a man of humor and keen wit; an articulate man able to declaim a multitude of poetic passages with a soft, steady voice well-suited for oral delivery; and a true gentleman who strove for excellence in all of his life's endeavors.
His remains rest at Bliley's - Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday (today), and where funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, with interment to follow in Maury Cemetery.
Henry W. Andrews (1870 - 1947)
Elsie G. Andrews (1885 - 1969)
Gayle Murphey Andrews (1922 - 2004)*
Married November 6, 1942.
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