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Harold Andrews
Photo courtesy of Andrews’ family.

The department is saddened to announce the recent passing of former professor Harold Andrews. His family shared the obituary below, written by Professor Andrews himself.

Harold Andrews of Chapel Hill died this week at the age of 94.

He had taught at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1967 to 1997 and had been Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Music Department.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from UNC in 1950 and Master of Music degree, with distinction, from Indiana University. Years later he returned to Chapel Hill for the Ph.D. and then joined the faculty. In the years between his Masters and Ph.D. studies, Andrews served in the Air Force, taught at Duke University, studied in Vienna, taught at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at Texas Christian University. He also performed as a bassoonist with orchestras in Europe and this country. He taught a wide selection of courses at all levels in the music department at UNC. He received awards for excellence in teaching and excellence in advising. His varied earlier experiences, from dance band pianist to college band director at UNC to symphonic bassoonist, helped him as a teacher and as a guide to young musicians. He loved his job.

When teaching and performing as bassoonist in Salzburg, Austria, he met and married his wife of 64 years, Jeanne, who was studying as a Fulbright student in music. Their lives together were later enriched by three children and, in time, 7 grandchildren. After his retirement they enjoyed traveling extensively and other hobbies such as photography up until his 90th birthday.

He will be missed.

One Response to “Remembering Former Professor Harold Andrews”

  1. Jim Ketch

    I remember Harold Andrews well. He was a kind man, dedicated to his family, to the study of music, to sharing of his knowledge with undergrads, grads, and faculty (particularly young and new faculty), and to advising students as they matriculated through our programs. He was a servant in the very best meaning of that word. He always had time, or would make time, to counsel you, or to listen to your problems. In the “good old days” Harold had a manila file for EACH undergraduate student. He carefully notated what course work was completed and what was yet to be completed. You can imagine the void we all felt when he retired. I am so glad to read his obituary above. He deserved to enjoyed his wife, children, and grandchildren as he clearly did! My life is richer for having known Harold Andrews. Jim Ketch

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