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Elizabeth Marie Andrew ’72

Elizabeth Marie Andrew ’72, April 6, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee, from cancer. Beth earned a BA from Reed in biology, writing her thesis on the crustacean hyperglycemic hormone with Prof. Lewis Kleinholz [1946–80]. Among her recollections of Reed were hikes on Mount Hood, calligraphy class, singing in the chorus, and playing soccer. She went on to do graduate work at MIT and later entered a graduate program in nutritional science at Cornell University. She earned an MNS in community nutrition in 1977 and was employed as research assistant in the Nutrition Center of Tufts New England Medical Center before entering medical school. She earned an MD from New York University in 1984. After completing residency at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hospital, she practiced pediatrics in Silver Spring, Maryland, and moved to Memphis in 1992 with her partner, Thaddeus N. Nowak, director of research in the neurology department of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Beth worked for the Memphis Children’s Clinic. She was recognized as an advocate for children and adolescents and their health and well being. She also was a longtime member of the Memphis Symphony Chorus and an accomplished photographer and knitter. Beth danced, played basketball, and ran numerous half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2006. She cultivated prolific gardens at home and at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. Survivors include Thad, her mother, three sisters, and three brothers.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2015

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