Remembering Paul Andrews

Paul Andrews in his office at the Alumni House

Paul Edward Andrews ’48, M.A. ’55, Ed.D. ’66, Wayne State’s first-ever associate vice president for Alumni Relations and cherished member of the Alumni Association family, passed away on January 28, 2019, in Grosse Pointe Woods at the age of 95. 

Ever loyal to the green-and-gold, Andrews earned three degrees from Wayne State, enjoyed a 38-year career on campus, and shared an alma mater with his two children, Krystyne Schwikert and the late Mark “Doc” Andrews. 

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning his bachelor’s in speech communication and spending four years teaching English at Detroit’s Cass Tech, Andrews launched his Wayne State career in 1952. He was first an admissions counselor before being promoted to assistant director of admissions in 1958. Four years later, he was named assistant director of University Development. From 1967-82, Andrews served as the first associate director of Alumni Relations and then its director. In 1982, he began his appointment as Wayne State’s first-ever associate vice president for Alumni Relations, a position he held until his retirement in 1990. 

Andrews rolled up his sleeves for Wayne Paul Andrews at the Detroit alumni reception in 2016State long beyond his final paycheck, transitioning smoothly from dedicated employee to devoted retiree. He was a member of the Anthony Wayne Society Board of Visitors and the Alumni Association Past Presidents Council, and was active with WSU Athletics, which benefited from his fundraising enthusiasm. Andrews served on the WSU Athletics Board of Visitors and was influential in developing the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame — and was himself a 1993 inductee. That same year, Andrews received the Homer D. Strong Award, presented for distinguished service to the Alumni Association and the university as a whole. 

In 2018, Andrews helped Wayne State commemorate its 150th anniversary by serving on the Sesquicentennial Honorary Committee as the Alumni Association’s executive director emeritus. 

Andrews was born on April 11, 1923, and was predeceased by his wife, Shirley. Contributions in his memory may be made to WSU Athletics.

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