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Elizabeth Torrey Andrews ’23

Elizabeth Torrey Andrews ’23, April 16, 2000, in Alameda, California. The daughter of Reed’s first biology professor, Harry Beal Torrey [1912–20], she attended Reed for one year, transferring to the University of Oregon when her father accepted a position there. After graduating, she attended the University of California Medical School, Berkeley, and then enrolled in Johns Hopkins University. She earned an MD from Johns Hopkins in 1927, specializing in pediatrics. She worked for 10 years at Bellevue Hospital in New York and taught at New York University. Her research in the bacteriology, epidemiology, and pathology of pneumonia was published in the American Journal of the Diseases of Children. She married John Andrews, and they had two sons. They lived in New Jersey and Vermont until 1940, when they relocated to Berkeley, California. There, she became a physician for the Works Progress Administration nursery schools in Alameda County, and during World War II worked part time in the local health department. In 1950, she joined the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, in Richmond, where she was instrumental in starting a teenage clinic. She retired in 1973. She was an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee for many years and traveled extensively in Central America and Europe.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2001

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