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In memoriam: George Andrew

In memoriam: George Andrew

[photo of George Andrew]

George Andrew with his dog Rory.

George McCoubrey Andrew, former professor (1967–90) and head (1983–90) of the School of Physical and Health Education at Queen’s and head coach of Queen’s golf team (1967-75) died Jan. 8 in Lindsay, Ont. He is survived by Joyce, his wife of 63 years, daughters, Susan, Jane, and Cindy, and eight grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his son Gordon. George grew up in New Glasgow, PEI. At an early age, he fell in love with the game of golf and soon excelled at it. As a young man, George worked in the summers as a Class A golf professional at the Green Gables golf course in Cavendish. He loved sharing his knowledge of the game with others, something he was able to do in later years as the coach of the Queen’s golf team.

George once wrote, “In many respects, this association as coach with accomplished young golfers, and team concept being their focus, is among my most cherished memories in the game. Indeed, without question my greatest pleasure in the game – perhaps excluding the two holes-in-one (both witnessed by my wife!) – is the joy of helping a struggling golfer, experienced or novice, improve their skill at the game.   A graduate of Prince of Wales College (now UPEI), George was a scholar who, after serious deliberation, opted to leave the island to pursue his Bachelor of Physical Education (1953) at McGill University and subsequently, while supporting his wife and three daughters, his Master (1963) and PhD in Exercise Psychology (1967). From Montreal, George and Joyce and their family came to Kingston so that George could pursue his research and teaching duties at Queen’s in the physiology department and the School of Physical Education.

Terry Graham, Arts/PHE’69, Ms72, PhD’75, was George’s first graduate student at Queen’s. He remembers how George encouraged him to pursue the study of physiology (Terry is now professor emeritus (Human Health and Nutritional Studies), University of Guelph. He writes of his mentor:

 “I learned so much about how to handle life from George, how to balance all the demands of work and family. Over the years I often recall his smile as he would state some of his philosophy: 'There are enough unpleasant things in life without making exercise one of them.”

In addition to his teaching, research, and coaching, George was the director of the Queen’s Fitness Centre from 1980 to 1983. He was the author of dozens of papers in scholarly journals, as well as several books and book chapters on sport and physical activity.  He was active in a number of professional organizations, including the Canadian Association of Sports Sciences, of which he was a founding member.  In 1975, his was named a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicines and in 1977, he received the Queen’s Canadian Silver Jubilee Medal. He retired as director of the School of Physical and Health Education in 1990. George’s take on retirement, until the age of 85, included golf, golf, and more golf. He had a long and full life.


[cover of Queen's Alumni Review, Issue 2, 2017]