John H Andrews

October 9, 1922November 17, 2020

John H. Andrews (BS, MS, MD) passed away November 17, 2020 at the age of 98. Dr. Andrews was an ophthalmologist, Air Force WWII B-29 command pilot, meteorologist, and physicist. He was born in October 9, 1922 in Kentwood, La. to Omie Belle Dykes-Andrews and Malcolm L. Andrews.

He entered Southeastern La. University at the age of 16, and graduated in 3½ years with a BS in Physics and Math. He volunteered for pilot training in the Army Air Corps in January 1942, but was not called to active duty until January 1943. He graduated from flight school as a pilot and officer in February 1944. When the war was over and while on active duty on flight status, the Air Force sent him to Ohio State University to get a MS in physics. While a student at Ohio State, he provided flight instruction to the Tuskegee pilots at Lockbourne AFB. After graduation, he served as a staff officer at Wight-Patterson AFB for the general in charge of electronic and geophysical research for the Air Force. He worked on the development of the Loran navigation system and building the Solar Observatory on Sacramento Peak near White Sands, N.M. He was also involved with the research to determine if Russia had detonated an atomic bomb. While working at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass., he attended Harvard University. He was honorably discharged from active duty on June 7, 1950. He then attended Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans, graduating with a MD degree in 1954. His rotating internship was at Charity Hospital. He served on a National Institute of Health Fellowship in Ophthalmology for two years, and then did a residency in Ophthalmology at Tulane University School of Medicine for two years.

Dr. Andrews practiced medicine as a board certified ophthalmologist in Baytown, Texas from 1959 to 1999. He served on the teaching staff of Baylor Medical School, was past president of the East Harris County Medical Society, was past chief of surgery at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, and was board member of the Harris County Medical Society. For 40 years, he treated without compensation indigent patients for the Harris County Hospital District. He later donated land and building to the district for an office.

Dr. Andrews was a Mason, a Shriner, a member of the Knights Templar, and a member of the Cedar Bayou Methodist Church.

He was preceded by brother Talmadge Andrews (Billie Mae) of Kentwood LA, sister Mary E. Andrews of Hammond LA, son Mark D. Andrews, and nephew Dr. Reginald Sanders. He is survived by sons John H. Andrews Jr. (Roselyn) of Garden Ridge TX, Dr. Quentin T. Andrews (Maureen) of Katy TX, and Scott C. Andrews (Aya) of Panama; daughters Carolyn Urban (Michael) of Houston and Ginger Gelke (Rick) of New York NY; grandchildren Warren Andrews, Judith Andrews, Jonathan Andrews, Kristin Staggers, Ann Andrews, Brad Urban, Andrew Urban, Ellie Gelke, Keats Andrews, and Witt Andrews; nieces and nephews Dr. Charles Sanders, Dr. Sherri Sanders, Bruce Sanders, Sharon Andrews, and Craig Andrews.


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Gina Cavarretta Bibb

November 24, 2020

Carolyn, Terri said it so beautifully, and I cannot add to what she said. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

❤️ Gina and Wallace

Theresa Hartley

November 24, 2020

Carolyn and family,
What a remarkable, full life your Dad lived through his years of service in the military and his medical practice. The wisdom he shared over the years is remarkable. His proudest success in life is now in his legacy with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Please know my hand is in your hand when you think of your Dad and face the days ahead. Prayers for God's amazing grace to surround you and your family.

Love to all,

Kay Johnson

November 23, 2020

Carolyn prayers to you and your family. Your dad was a sweet man and I have memories of him talking about going to med school with my home town eye doctor. I was glad to have the opportunity to know him. Very blessed to have him so long we will be thinking about y’all in our prayers!
Bob and Kay

Terri Scott

November 22, 2020

Such an impressive man who had a full life dedicated to service for the country and community. It's hard to imagine how many lives were changed over his 40 years of medical practice alone. He surely touched the lives of many. But his true legacy, and the one I can easily imagine, is the lives of all of his sons, daughters & grandchildren, many of you I have known and loved almost 50 years. You have much to be proud of as I know he was very proud of you! I'm sorry for your loss.


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