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#158 Paul Revere Andrews, Long-Serving Trustee and Publishing Giant

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Paul Revere Andrews—“Andy” to his classmates—graduated cum laude from Norwich in 1930. On the Hill, he served as captain of C Troop and treasurer of Theta Chi fraternity, while double-majoring in English and economics and earning varsity letters in track and polo. He held a reserve commission in the U.S. Cavalry for nearly a decade after graduating from Norwich.

Beginning in 1935, Andrews spent 41 years with the educational publishing giant Prentice Hall, starting as a traveling salesman and working his way up to president in 1965. He retired in 1976 after serving for five years as chairman.

Andrews served on the NU Board of Trustees from 1958 until 1982, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature in 1966. From 1972 to 1982 he chaired the NU Development Program, raising more than $9 million.

Andrews’ loyal service and hard work on behalf of the university made a lasting impact. The Paul Revere Andrews Scholarship was established in 1975. Andrews Hall opened in 1981 as the Norwich University Sports Center. A year later it was dedicated in Andrews’ honor.

Breaking ground of Andrews Hall

The five Andrews children have also done their part to further the Norwich legacy. The youngest and the only son, Paul R.P Andrews, graduated from Norwich in 1973. In 1980, he established the Virginia Ettinger Andrews Scholarship in honor of his mother. His sister, Gail Andrews Whelan, is a Norwich Trustee Emerita.

Paul Revere Andrews passed away in 1983. Though he had lived for many years in Greenwich, Conn., he was buried in here in central Vermont, where he had spent much of his childhood, many summers throughout his life, and of course his unforgettable time at “Old N.U.”

Andrews’ son, Paul R.P. Andrews, commemorating the revealing of Andrews Hall.