2006-01-26 / Obituaries

Rev. Nigel L. Andrews, 84

The Reverend Nigel Lyon Andrews, 84, died on Jan. 19, 2006 after several months of declining health. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of Paul Shipman Andrews and Hannah Sargent Sessions Andrews, he studied at Pebble Hill School and graduated from St. George’s School, Newport, in 1939.

As a student in Yale College, he met and married Constance Doane Young of Newport, who was a student in the Yale University School of Music. Both graduated in the Class of ’43. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Transport Command, earning the rank of Captain.

Following the war, he studied and practiced law in Syracuse, N.Y., including a twoyear position as law clerk to Judge Edmund Lewis of the New York State Court of Appeals in Albany. While in Syracuse he was founding president of Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, in association with the distinguished violinist Louis Krasner. Dmitri Mitropoulos, conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony and later the New York Philharmonic, took a personal interest in this new music group and performed and conducted several concerts there.

In 1953, Mr. Andrews left the law to study for ministry in the Episcopal Church at Berkeley Divinity School in New Haven. He later served as a trustee of Berkeley for several terms, and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity.

His first parish was St. Ann’s, Old Lyme, Conn., where he served for eight years as its first Rector, expanding a small rural mission into a thriving parish with a new church building and parish house.

From 1962 to 1979, he served as rector in Trinity Parish, Concord, Mass., during a critical period in which the church grappled with its responses to the burgeoning civil rights and antiwar movements, liturgical reform, ecumenical discussions and other social tensions. Despite criticism from some in the parish, he participated with other pastors in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., and later with other churches hosted at Trinity Church a program for disaffected young people which won acclaim in a committee report of the American Psychiatric Association. He also hosted Richard Cardinal Cushing, archbishop of Boston, as a guest preacher at Trinity Church in the early years of ecumenical dialogue.

In 1979, the Reverend Andrews accepted a call to St. Peter’s By The Sea in Narragansett, R.I., and served there for seven years until his formal retirement in 1987.

Later activities included assisting at Emmanuel Church, Newport, as Interim Rector at St. George’s Church in Newport; and for 10 years as priest associate at Trinity Church, Newport.

He was a long time member and former superior of the Brotherhood of the Way of the Cross, a member and trustee of Swanhurst Chorus, and member of Quindicum.

He is survived by his wife, Constance Andrews, of Jamestown; a brother, William Andrews of Syracuse, N.Y.; three sons: Richard (Pete) Andrews of Chapel Hill, N. C.; Paul S. Andrews of Sausalito, Calif.; and John Andrews of Jamestown; four grandchildren and one greatgrandchild.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 23, at Trinity Church, Newport.

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