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ANDREWS, Richard E. MD
ANDREWS, Richard E. MD Died Friday, March 15, 2013, peacefully at home in Lancaster, Calif. He was 92 years old. He was born May 2, 1920, in Milwaukee, Wis. to Andrew and Olga Andrews. He was the youngest of six siblings: four sisters and one brother, Martin, who resides on Long Island, N.Y. He married Jean Collett in 1944. He was an Army Air Corp. Veteran of World War II. After the war he graduated from Stanford University with his MD in the specialty of Radiology. In 1958, Dick, Jean and three sons, Martin, George, and Dave, moved from Elko, Nev., to Lancaster, Calif., where he set up his radiology practice with the help of his office manager, Helyn Cochran. This practice came to be called the X-ray Lab on 10th St. West. He ran the Radiology department in Lancaster Community Hospital from its inception in 1964, and was the appointed Radiologist at Mira Loma Hospital when it was opened in 1961. He was known as the 'Singing Doctor' due to his penchant for breaking into song in the office. Their daughter, Ruth, was born in Lancaster. In 1969, he successfully ran for the Lancaster District School Board. Dick was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in the Lancaster Lodge. The family were active members in the Lancaster Presbyterian Church. They were active in the American Field Service which led them to have a foreign exchange student, Eduardo Cruz, live with the family for one year in 1964. Dick and Jean traveled to Brazil to see their 'Brazilian son' in 1978, and to meet their extended Brazilian family. They also traveled to Norway to visit Dicks first cousins and family residing there. Dick retired from medicine in June of 1982. He and Jean owned a sailboat with their friends the Gotthoffers, and they spent some of their happiest times sailing off the coast of Southern California. They were hosts on the 'RnR' to friends and family from all over the world. Their home in Lancaster was also open to family and friends from all over the world and the United States. They were generous and welcoming hosts. He is survived by sons George (Kathy), and Dave (Connie); daughter Ruth Struckman (Mike); grandchildren Richard (Christina), Geoffrey (Sara) Nathan, Katheryn, Sam, and many Nieces and Nephews. He has 5 Great-Grandchildren. Dick was preceded in death by his wife Jean, and eldest son Martin (Janet). Donations may be made to the P.E.O. Jean Andrews Memorial Scholarship fund in care of the P.E.O. Foundation, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312. His Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. on May 25, 2013, at the Lancaster Elks Lodge.

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