Dr. Edward C. Andrews Jr. of Yarmouth, former president of the Maine Medical Center and the University of Vermont, died Feb. 19, 2010. Ed was born in Rockland in January 1925 and grew up in Plainfield, Vt. He was a veteran of the Navy V-12 program, graduating from Middlebury College in 1946 and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1951, specializing in pathology. He also received honorary doctoral degrees from Middlebury College, Bowdoin College, the University of Vermont and the University of Dakar in Senegal.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Lyndes Andrews, and their five children, Leslie Freeman and her husband, Jim, of Arundel, UK, and Naples, Fla., Dawn Andrews of Morrisville, Vt., Dale Wadhams and her husband, John, of Burlington, Vt., Ted Andrews and his wife, Deb, of Yarmouth and Scott Andrews of Burlington, Vt.; 12 grandchildren, Claire Freeman Becerra, Hope Freeman LeBlanc, Jonah and Levi Bourne, Bates and Leslie Wadhams, Larsen and Ethan Andrews, and Nathan, Ian, Adam and Laura Andrews; three great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Mary Andrews of Cushing; and many nieces and nephews.

In 1951 Ed began his career at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as chief resident and instructor in pathology. In 1958 he moved with his family to Jericho, Vt., and continued his career at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he served as professor of pathology, associate dean from 1964 to 1966 and dean from 1966 to 1970. He became president of the University of Vermont in 1970. In 1975 he moved to Maine to become president of the Maine Medical Center in Portland and served in that role until his retirement in 1988.

During his professional career and retirement, Ed served on many boards and commissions focusing on higher education, medical education, hospitals and health care planning, including the Charles A. Dana Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Green Mountain College, Maine Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, the Vermont Higher Education Council and St. Joseph’s College of Maine. Ed was very proud to serve as a consultant to the U.S. State Department, the Agency for International Development and the Pakistan government on medical education and health care development. He also served on the Council of Deans for the American Medical Association, as well as the boards of local banks including Maine Savings Bank and the Chittenden Trust Company.

Although Ed achieved many things that led to state and national recognition, he always maintained the greatest respect and awe for the fishermen, farmers, carpenters and plumbers who were the heroes of his Plainfield, Vt., and Cushing childhood. Ed was a man of many passions, including woodworking, stonewall building, hunting, horses, fishing, gardening and sailing, including a transatlantic race from Bermuda to Spain. His humor was always earthy and he was proud of the manure on his boots. His happiest times were with his family and friends at his camps on Gay’s Island in Maine and on Hardwood Mountain in Vermont.

Ed always said he never could have accomplished so much without the love and support of his wife, Jean, throughout their 62 years of marriage.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bay Square in Yarmouth for their care and compassion. Services will be private. Contributions in Ed’s memory may be made to the Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington St., Barre, VT 05641; or the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201, Topsham, ME 04086.