Juneau resident Rupert E. Andrews died March 28, 2007, at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.
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He was born in New Haven, Conn., on Sept. 18, 1929, to Mildred Andrews. He lived there until he was 17, when he enlisted in the U. S. Coast Guard.
In 1951, after five years of service, he was honorably discharged. During this time, he met his wife of 45 years, Genevieve, and later enrolled in the University of Idaho under the G.I. bill. In 1956, he was the first four-year fishery major to graduate from University of Idaho. He was awarded a fellowship for graduate study at Oregon State in Corvallis and completed his masters degree in fishery science in 1958.
He began his career with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in 1959, becoming one of the first eight biologists in the sport fish division of the newly formed Department of Fish and Game. Rupert worked for ADF&G for 23 years, the last 13 of which he served as director of the sport fish division.
His family says that Alaska was as much an integral part of him as he was to Alaska, as he told people he didn't move to Alaska, he immigrated here and never wished to live anywhere else. His family recalls the he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, and as he liked to put it, "sampling the best of Alaska's wildlife treasures."
After retirement in 1982, he dedicated his time to public service through volunteer activities. He served on the Alaska Board of Forestry, the Alaska Trails and Recreation Commission, the Public Advisory Group to the Exxon Valdez Board of Trustees, the Hospice Board and the Cancer Connections Board. He was also a member of Territorial Sportsman, the Alaska Outdoor Council, the National Rifle Association, and St. Brenden's Episcopal Church. He also was an active Rotarian and Moose club member. He was appointed to the Board of Fisheries in 2003 and served until March 1, 2007.
His family says that they, along with many friends, were the cornerstone of his life. He loved deeply and was loved deeply in return.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve.
He is survived by his and Genevie's three children and their spouses: Brian and Joyce Andrews of Juneau, Scott and Kathy Andrews of Redmond, Ore.; Clyde and Katherine Andrews, of Juneau; grandchildren, Ryan, B.J., Nikki, Brandon, Nick and Keith Andrews; his mother, Mildred; his loving partner of five years, Dene Ensley; and her wonderful family who provided him with so much joy in his later life.
A "Celebration of Life" service is being planned and will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Cancer Connections or Hospice of Juneau.