The Rev. Robert Andrews ’75 is taking to the road this summer, and he’s hoping to meet as many members of his class as possible. He is collecting material for a radio broadcast and, possibly, he says, a book “… in the style of Studs Terkel.”
Andrews retired in 2016 from a career in the ministry, most recently as pastor of Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville, Pa. He has also established himself as a writer of note, with a column in the Danville News and two works of fiction: Nathaniel’s Call, which takes place during the Civil War, and Dangerous Curves, an adventure romance.
Andrews is calling his interview project “Cameo Conversations.” He will be audio-taping the talks for broadcast on WEOS-FM. “I want to look at the questions of what our generation has experienced, what our generation has learned, and what our generation has contributed, as well as our sufferings, gifts and insights,” he says.
A legacy student at HWS, both of Andrew’s parents, Elizabeth Young Andrews ’51 and Laurence E. Andrews ’49, attended the Colleges, as did his grandmother, Margaret Estey Andrews ’18, two brothers Laurence Y. Andrews ’72 and Richard A. Andrews ’73, a sister, Margaret Andrews Weber ’79, and two nieces Katharine Andrews Gullo ’96 and Allison P. Andrews ’12. An English major, he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau and delivered the Baccalaureate Address at his graduation, while his roommate, John Ready ’75, delivered the Commencement Address.
Despite a fondness for his HWS memories, he does not see his new project as based in nostalgia for his college days. “This is more of a moment of time that has a message for the grandchildren we leave behind,” he says. “The Classes of ’75 give a window to a story that bridges generations.”
Andrew’s first stop will be the HWS 2017 Reunion on June 1-4. “Then we’ll launch for a month on the road,” he says. “My thought is to select bars [for meetings with alums] across the country near clusters of my HWS classmates and invite all to come and talk. If someone wants to contact me and meet me someplace special on their own, great.”
Andrew’s itinerary currently includes stops in New York City, Virginia, Michigan, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and California. If you are a member of the HWS Classes of ’75 and would like to participate in his project, please contact him at email@example.com.